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Volunteers wanted for embassy open days

THE Australian Institute of International Affairs is putting together a team of volunteers to assist at foreign missions around Canberra during the 2015 Windows to the World. The AIIA is working with the ACT government to present the second biennial Windows to the World program of Embassy and High Commission open days around Canberra over the […]

Open Garden / Boulders and bush, but nicer

AN excellent Australian native garden in Calwell has been designed as a continuation of Tuggeranong Hill bushland. Interesting form and foliage is a hallmark of the plantings with white-flowering shrubs, pink kunzeas, banksias, yellow Chrysocephalum apiculatum and lomandras. Sensitively placed rocks enhance a beautiful naturalistic pond fed by a narrow tumbling creek. “In my first […]

Open Garden / Tropical rainforest to glow at twilight

AMONG palms, twinkling lights and art sculptures, landscapers Terry and Mia Fox’s garden is a place to meander past bubbling ponds, ferns and maples, traverse the rainforest boardwalk and enjoy views over Bruce Ridge nature reserve and Black Mountain. The front garden is formal and neat, with repeated plantings of structural hedges and driveway beds, […]

Open garden / Rare plants in a very personal garden

ENGLISH snowdrops, roses and woodland plants take centre stage at Jim and Peronelle Windeyer’s pretty, scented Red Hill garden, with red brick paths leading visitors past layers of flowering shrubs, azaleas, perennials and other rare plants. Much of the beauty of the garden is in the front, as the couple say that possums have taken […]

Open garden / Native challenge in a ‘rainforest gully’

WITH an abundance of moisture-loving plants in a “rainforest gully” microclimate protected by mature eucalypts, Brad Pillans’ Jerrabomberra garden features a range of natives that don’t usually grow in Canberra. “I love to try plants that people say will never survive here – I like the challenge of bringing a rainforest plant to frosty Canberra,” […]

Government House open to the public this Sunday

CANBERRA’S grandest residence, Government House, is letting the public see what the corridors of power look like with an open day this Sunday at the Governor-General’s residence. The iconic property, which dates back to 1828, will hold a free Open House from 10:00am – 4:00pm, with visitors able to explore public areas of the house […]

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Open Gardens Australia pulling up stumps

THE Open Gardens Australia Board of Directors has decided to make the 2014-2015 season the not-for-profit organisation’s last. The decision was made in light of developments in the economy and technology that have seen Open Gardens Australia experience increasing financial pressures over a number of years, leading to uncertainty for its long-term viability. CEO, Liz […]

History among the shadows

SURROUNDED by eucalypts, ash and oaks, gnarled old pines, liquidambars, flowering crabapples, Manchurian pears and Canadian maples, historical “Shadowlands” is all about the trees. The country garden in Braidwood is in the process of being carefully restored by Marshall and Elizabeth Wilson. “We wanted a place that would be a bit of a retirement project,” […]

Historic Lambrigg blends intimate formal spaces with wider views

Garden takes to new shapes

HISTORIC Lambrigg garden, which often hosts Open Gardens Australia’s plant fair, will host the inaugural Sculpture in the Garden event, showing off the work of Australian artists. There will be 27 other local, national and internationally recognised artists’ work on display, including Canberra-based ceramic artist Bev Hogg, long-standing artist Michael Le Grand, Murrumbateman-based steel sculptor […]