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Saving the best of Sydney for this autumn
It is the end of the February, and Autumn is around the corner. Gardens start to change their appearance as trees jettison the old leaves and form a spectacular multicolour carpet of mulch as they prepare themselves for a cold winter. If this isn't your garden, but you want to see a garden behaving like this, then why not drop in to someone else's garden that has been kindly opened as part of Open Gardens Australia. Open Gardens Australia, for the very last time, have arranged for 12 gardens across Sydney to be open during this coming autumn.
A copper beech and other magnificent trees enhance this large garden featuring camellias, magnolias, rhododendrons, hedges, banks of azaleas and an extensive rose garden. Japanese windflowers, many salvia varieties, a woodland garden with hellebores and bluebells round out Craig Du's garden.
Also in Pymble is an avid collector's plantings of rare and unusual plants used in colour schemes to provide year round interest. This garden is enhanced by a Maple edged pergola walk, secluded circular garden, moon gate, small bridge with waterfall, shaded paths and sculpture.
Elegans (18-19 April) 21 Fishburn Rd, Galston
Four magnificent lakes take centre stage in this informal park-like garden. A rainforest area with unusual native species including rainforest trees and a large tree waratah surround an outstanding collection of 300 camellias which in turn is complemented by 50 Japanese maples, begonias and cordylines.
Tanglewood features abundant plantings of cottage favourites providing interest throughout the garden and complementing the French Provincial house. Established Chinese elms, golden elms and crepe myrtles are underplanted with colourful perennials. Also featured are clipped standard figs, wisteria arbour, formal pond and a pear walk.
Deep garden beds combine perennials, old-fashioned shrubs and newer cultivars in this extensive garden incorporating several different areas. Mature trees, secluded nooks, magnificent rose arbour, Japanese-influenced ponds, a large lake, outdoor chessboard, formal juniper and box topiary, archways and bridges also feature prominently.
This large developing garden thrives in the harsh, dry, clay-based conditions on this rural property that commands spectacular views of the Brindabella Ranges. Crushed granite paths meander through beds of roses and lavender under shade trees while arbours, water features, a dry river bed, reflection pool and sculptures are also prevalent.
Permanora is a hillside garden devoted to permaculture and sustainable living and is bursting with herbs, fruit and vegetables, including many rare species raised from seed. Squash and pumpkin scramble over stone walls while chooks, guinea pigs, ducks and fish ponds provide a natural living environment for all.
Black Stump Natives (2-3 May) 26 Crana Rd, Brownlow Hill (near Camden)
An inspiring park-like garden cleverly laid out using a wide range of Australian plants, many of them unusual. Plantings include grevilleas, eremophilas, brachychitons and groundcovers. Raised beds surround the lawns, and a cascade flowing into a pond is a focal point.
Glenmore House has a delightful garden surrounding a collection of early vernacular farm buildings and a sandstone house (c. 1840) nestled into the Razorback Hills and featuring a stunning productive organic kitchen garden. Dry stone walls and hedges delineate rooms filled with an abundance of shrubs, roses, perennials, citrus and herbs, while bold agaves, strelitzias, frangipanis and gingers provide an anchor to the house.
Birchgrove (10 May) 16 Fishburn Rd, Galston
In Galston, this park-like garden of a passionate gardener features deciduous trees selected for their lime green, blue and burgundy foliage. Camellias, maples and magnolias provide stunning seasonal displays, and cottage plantings of perennials, roses and topiaries provide long lasting colour in to the garden.
Myrele (16-17 May) 182 Queen St, Woollahra
An artistically integrated collection of herbaceous plants is secluded behind this historic house in Woollahra. Salvias, bromeliads, plectranthus, eranthemums, eupatoriums and artemisias are set against a green and leafy borrowed landscape and a sandstone path beneath a shady Brush Box leads to a central lawned area.
Rosie's Garden (16-17 May) 59 Ocean St, Woollahra
This grand two-storey Victorian terrace is beautifully complemented by several diverse garden spaces. Trellised 'living' walls, a pergola walkway and courtyards filled with sasanqua camellias, plectranthus, stephanotis, euphorbias, bromeliads and star jasmine feature highly while succulents, pots of herbs, water feature, an urn encircled by gardenias and clipped box round out this delightful garden in Woollahra.
All gardens are open from 10am to 430pm (except Craig Du which is open from 2pm-8pm) and have a token entrance fee of $8-$10 to help cover costs. Open Gardens Australia have recently advised that as a result of rising costs and falling revenues, Open Gardens Australia will cease to exist with effect from 30 June 2015.
We are a group of Elderly people that like to go out every Wednesday with the Kingsgrove Community Centre. Please could you give us some ideas on where to visit. Our time is limited from 10am to 3.30pm We do like to go to a Club as well for Lunch, Preferably "Buffet" Meal, but also to see some of the Gardens that are open.