Pretty glimpse of autumn in a country cottage garden

A COTTAGE-STYLE garden shelters privately behind shady deciduous trees and densely planted boundaries of plums, hawthorns and photinias at 27 Modbury Street, Bungendore. Surrounding an...

Open Garden / Stepping across the rich carpet of groundcover

IT’S all about the understory in Lorraine and Geoff Corner’s peaceful Pearce garden. The rich carpet of green beneath magnolias, conifers and pittosporum creates a...

Open days honour a special promise to Fay

THE opening of the beautiful Osborn Garden at 16 Dungowan Street, Hawker, honours a promise that owner Richard Osborn made to his wife and...

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...

Open garden / Pretty garden at the heart of the farm

A PEACEFUL garden that’s both pretty and productive lies at the centre of Jane Vincent’s beef cattle farm in Sutton, though when she and...

Open garden / Cool and shady among the natives

GARDEN designer Janine Hunstone works outside a lot, so a cool, shady garden at her home was high on her list of priorities. “When we...

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...

Open garden / Art of a cottage garden

OPEN GARDEN / Words and photos by Rod Henshaw

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

Open garden / Rooms, paths and shade

  WATCHED over by a big fluffy owl that sits in the silver birch at the back, Mark Barber’s Deakin garden is a place to...

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 gardens bloom in spring

BRIAN and Penny Tetlow’s fragrant, flowery garden, overflowing with daffodils, daphne, jonquils, crocuses and pansies, hellebores, primulas and polyanthus, was created thanks to a...

Open garden / Grown from ‘love and intuition’

NESTLED in the hills of Wallaroo, with the beautiful Brindabellas as a backdrop, “Terroux” at Hall is a lovely nine-year-old garden created with “love...

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 / Beyond the exotics, the bush calls

Photos by Andrew Finch A SECRET garden welcomes visitors to Peter and Lyn Woodbury’s Googong property, with camellias, rhododendrons, peony roses and other exotics tucked...

A garden of contrast and colour

A CLEVER solar-passive house, which owner Tim Woodburn says looks “superb” from the back, was the inspiration for a colourful native garden that frames...

Open gardens / Braidwood’s six of the best

SIX gardens in Braidwood, including an organic vegetable farm and a grand, formal garden, will be open to the public on October 31 to...

Open garden: Autumn colour comes to Burra

DESPITE being at the mercy of the weather, Monica and Allan Schmidt are opening their beautiful established garden in Burra to show off its...

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 garden / Garden program opens to natives and colour

  Photos by ANDREW FINCH   WITH a wide, private front garden thanks to an awkward, fan-shaped block, Carolan Marstin’s garden welcomes visitors with a Buddha and...




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