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Catch the last of the Open Gardens this Season
The first half of the year is a great time to be in the garden with shady trees, warm glows, bright colours, falling leaves and pretty flowers. And what better way to experience summer and autumn gardens than to pop in to someone else's garden and to admire their wonderful handiwork over the previous winter and spring. And for the last time ever, Open Gardens Australia have arranged for 6 gardens across the greater Perth area to be open for admiration and inspiration.
Great Walls of China (17 - 18 January) 26 Owston St, Mosman Park
Artist Evi Ferrier has been in this garden and has used murals and cacti to introduce a 'Mad Mexican' theme to a tropical courtyard surrounding a mosaic swimming pool. With delightful wall features pouring water from jugs and teapots, surrounded by well established cacti, succulents and white wisteria, this garden requires no watering or weeding. On the open days there will also be accordion music by The Zucchini Bros to help while the time away.
Entering through an Australian native area complete with frog pond and on to terraces incorporating tropical fruit and trees, there is a Mediterranean edible garden, rose beds with perennial borders, water features, hedges, grapevines, berries, bush tucker plants, fruiting apple, pear and quince trees. This garden is a beautiful example of how to combine many gardens in to one.
Tree Elle (14 - 15 March) 4993 South Coast Hwy, Bow Bridge
Overlooking Irwin Inlet there are silver birches, alders, jacarandas and robinias which provide a handsome structure against a background of Walpole Wilderness. This delightful child-friendly garden features a giant chess board and other games for kids, while the potager garden bordered in box, the jasmine-walled secret garden and the fruit trees will keep parents occupied for hours. Guided tours of these impressive manicured formal gardens commence at 11am and 2pm daily.
A series of cool and tranquil courtyards, each in a different style, have been designed as an extension of the indoor living spaces of this house. There are interesting specimen trees including a native plum, and a kitchen garden in peak production is bordered by an attractively presented native planting on the verge. The Open Garden is supplemented by an arts display and some pottery and craft stalls.
A beautiful garden in Fremantle has been restored from a heritage garden sheltering beneath shady old eucalypts, figs, jacarandas, poinciana and grapevines. The garden is complemented by more recent plantings of heritage roses, herbaceous perennials, fruit trees, hardy salvias, natives, succulents and cottage favourites. A shadehouse, several ponds and limestone rubble walls provide features in the garden to highlight its natural and historical beauty. Displays at the Open Garden include art, glassworks and historical items while there are musicians roaming in the garden playing tunes to help you escape the feelings of city life.
A wealth of recycled material dominates and decorates this garden showcasing a palette of hardy plants. In autumn, two magnificent eucalypts form a stunning floral canopy over mosaics and metal sculptures enhanced by potted dwarf fruit trees, strappy-leafed plants, cactus and succulents. With mature dracaena, ponytail palms and raised vegetable and herb beds, there is plenty of ideas and viewing pleasure for all.
All gardens are open from 10am to 430pm everyday with the exception of the Great Walls of China which is open from 3pm to 8pm. All gardens have a token entrance fee of $8 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 and hence these will be the last Perth gardens on show – so now is the time to get in to these top gardens for a piece of history. For further details refer to the Open Gardens Australia website or their facebook page.