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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,” […]

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 […]

Green thumbs gather at Lanyon

WORDS: Kathryn Vukovljak PHOTOS: Silas Brown THE garden at historic Lanyon homestead has never looked better, with its beautiful roses blooming and the huge vegetable garden overflowing with produce beneath views of the Brindabella Ranges. The working farm will again host Open Gardens Australia’s annual Plant Fair on March 23-24, which promises to be heaven […]

Trudy’s garden is good enough to eat!

A GARDEN that will feed the family and provide a beautiful environment to enjoy might be the stuff of dreams, but for Trudy Yogini it’s a wonderful reality in her modest Ainslie backyard.  A productive cornucopia of fruit, flowers, vegetables, herbs and many other edible delights, Trudy’s garden is bursting with colour, flavour and texture. […]

A sustainable oasis in Bywong

Using salvaged materials and permaculture principles, landscape designers Jennie and Chris Curtis have created a sustainable house, a huge, wildly productive veggie patch and a stylish garden packed with trial plantings of native cultivars at their home in Bywong. “We’ve lived here for about four years now, although we have owned the land for 15 […]

Bushland natives and breathtaking views

A SPECTACULAR passionfruit vine, laden with fruit, covers the front veranda of Richard and Gwenda Bramley’s lovely home, which hints at the lovely rear garden with tussock grasses, climbing roses, fruit trees, a three-level pond, veggies, chooks, winding paths and breathtaking views that stretch over bushland to the hills beyond. “We moved here in 1967, […]