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Now in its 26th year, Open Gardens Australia is
set to inspire, showcasing more than 500 private gardens
to the public this 2013/14 season. WORDS Lily Yeang
This year marks more than a quarter of a century of garden openings, tours,
workshops, lectures and other events run by Open Gardens Australia. Opening
private gardens for a small fee, the not-for-profit organisation passes all
proceeds on to community gardening initiatives. Liz White, Open Gardens Australia’s
chief executive officer, encourages everyone, whether they be a novice, a budding
green thumb or an expert, to head down to any of the open gardens during the
season; there, you’ll find creative design ideas, new plants, and other gardeners
willing to share tips and advice on all things outdoors. We talk to Liz about the
initiative, and take a look at three of the many gardens that will be available to view.
For garden open times, dates and more information, visit opengarden.org.au .
t BISLEY | MT WILSON,
NEW SOUTH WALES
With more than fou r hectares of s weeping lawn s,
ma ple an d tulip trees, an d two serene lakes, Bisley
is the perfect place for a laz y picn ic o r family
adventu re. L andscaped si mila rly to an English
cou ntry park , the garden featu res a t wo-metre
sa ndsto ne scu lptu re, clematis-covered pergolas,
a water fou ntain and two natural ro ck garden s.
Beverly Thompso n, who has own ed Bisley garden
for more than 30 years, says that thanks to the
garden ’s lo cation in the Blue Mo un tai ns, she gets
to experience all fou r seaso ns within it, even seeing
sn ow du ring the colder mon ths.
“A utum n is my favourite, for the bea utiful colour
it brings to the garden,” she says. “We have a lot of
maples and deciduous trees that colour at this time.”
Throughout the seasons the ga rden come s a live
with spring bulbs, rh ododend rons , aza leas a nd ma ss
plantings of white, pink and red waratahs.
Along the boundar y of the estate you’ ll al so fi nd
a dense backdrop of stri ngyba rks , tall eucalyptus trees
by the l ake, and avenues lined with Albe rta spruce.
Open April 19-20, Mou nt Irvine Road, Mt Wilson .
u RAINFOREST RETREAT | DALKEITH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
It’s rare to come across a rainfo rest retreat such as this o ne, fo un d in the hear t of Dalkeith. Fro m ban galow
palms and deciduous trees, to lu sh ferns an d vigo rou s creepers, the ga rde n is teeming with tro pical
gree ner y, a stark co ntrast to the dry bushlan d of ou r n atural lan dscape. The garden’s stando ut featu res
a re the cano py (which prov ides shelter an d privacy), an d the walk ways that penetrate the den se
u n de rstorey, allowing visito rs to look down at the small man- made valleys below. The paths are framed
by palms a nd hanging baskets, all creating the illusio n of depth an d scale.
Despite our often dry environ ment, own er Edward Nettleto n says con stru cting a tropical garden in
Perth is achievable. “O nce yo u create the right microclimate a nd you put adequ ate water on it, it work s
for itself,” Edward says. “ There’s n o lawn , so the equivalen t of the water that ever ybody uses o n their lawn
I pour into my garden.”
Ope n Ma rch 8-9, 11 Hotchin Stre et, D alkeith.
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