Open garden / Emma’s garden where the children play

LARGE deciduous trees frame and shade Emma Kain’s garden, where the focus is on fun and creativity for her three children, aged 10, eight...

Open garden / An invitation to relax

WITH a vast blue timber pergola drenched in purple wisteria, Els Wynen’s garden welcomes visitors straight away with an inviting place to relax. The slate...

Sad tinge to a beautiful garden opening

WHEN Maria White’s dear friend and running buddy Marg van Belkom was diagnosed with motor neurone disease last year, Maria decided to fundraise by...

Open gardens / Rare glimpse of Braidwood gardens

AN 1850s flour mill, a thriving slow-food farm, properties steeped in history and newer gardens are among the attractions of this year's Braidwood Open...

Open garden / Flowers, variety and colour at every turn

“It’s definitely a gardener’s garden, rather than a landscape design garden, and we love plenty of year-round colour and lots of variety,” says open-garden owner IAN DAVENPORT

All for the love of dahlias

“It's just good to have it nice,” says retiree John Woodfield of his beautiful Hughes garden – which is something of an understatement. The well-organised,...

Open garden / Christine’s magical garden of mystery

This week's OPEN GARDEN is one of mystery, magic and pleasure. Just ask owner Christine. KATHRYN VUKOVLJAK did...

Open garden / In Sarah’s English country garden

“I was definitely attracted to the front garden with its winding paths and English feel,” says open garden host Sarah Doyle.

Cool, quiet, green and wild

“I love to sit by the waterfall, there’s a little foot-rest there, and it’s cool and quiet,” says Christine Reid, whose peaceful...

Sharing a neighbourly love of vegetables

ANNE Norris’ love of veggies is clear to see, with wicking beds taking over the lawn area in her pretty Spica Street, Giralang, garden that’s a delight of florals and foliage, writes KATHRYN VUKOVLJAK

Open garden / Where natives, veggies and birds abound

  WHILE Isobel Crawford’s garden is densely screened from the street by wattles, tea trees and casuarinas, the cucumber and zucchini growing at the front...

Feast for the senses

WITH fragrant lavender lining the driveway, foliage aromas from scented-leaf geraniums and herbs including mint, rosemary, thyme, basil, coriander, marjoram, oregano and sage, Barbara...

A wander through flowers and trailing vines

A Queanbeyan homestead with a rich history and a pretty cottage garden, Langdene offers visitors a delightful wander through flowers and trailing vines at its upcoming open day. KATHRYN VUKOVLJAK has the details...

Open garden / Buzzing with life, high on the reserve

BACKING on to the stunning Pinnacle nature reserve and hidden away on the hillside, artist Felicity Green’s large, 2800sqm, sloping block is alive with...

Out of court and into veggies

A thriving 1000sqm community garden in O’Connor full of organically grown veggies, herbs, flowers and berries will open to the public on the weekend...

Rural haven evokes a nostalgic past for Lindy

With gardens established by the owner’s parents, Cambrey Farm in Pialligo is a rural haven that reflects the 80-year history of the farm, writes open gardens writer KATHRYN VUKOVLJAK.

Open Garden / Japanese maples amid a garden haven

A BEAUTIFUL Japanese-inspired garden with 24 different varieties of maple, daring pruning of a “poodle” bay tree and “lifted” banksia and paths that lead...

Open garden / Butterflies, birds and beauty in a small space

A SMALL garden can create a visual impact, feed a family and be beautiful and relaxing at the same time, says garden owner and...

Living the good life

"It's not about self-sufficiency, as such – we believe in self-reliance and mutual dependence,” says David Watson, whose Bungendore farm, Mill Post, is a...

Tina’s ‘healing’ garden of plants and mosaics

Gardening is healing for mosaic artist Tina van Raay, whose Campbell garden is her expression space, art gallery, meditation zone and respite for friends and family. 

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