Gal­ston Open Gar­dens

20th-22nd Oc­to­ber 2017.

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Community News -

Spring is in the air, with warm days en­cour­ag­ing some of the blos­soms to bloom and daf­fodils are ap­pear­ing.

Our Open Gar­dens Com­mit­tee and the gar­den own­ers who will be open­ing their gar­dens are now in full swing get­ting things or­gan­ised for the Open Gar­dens Week­end on 20th-22nd Oc­to­ber

2017. This is our ma­jor fundraiser for the year and many char­i­ties ben­e­fit as all prof­its go to the char­i­ties that have been se­lected by the gar­den own­ers and the com­mit­tee.

We have 8 beau­ti­ful gar­dens, all dif­fer­ent with a va­ri­ety of ideas and dis­plays we can all em­u­late in our own gar­dens, big and small. So walk­ing shoes on, cam­eras at the ready let’s look at four of the gar­dens and head on up to “High­lands” in Ar­ca­dia a park styled gar­den with me­an­der­ing path­ways through wood­lands, for­mal gar­dens and a large col­lec­tion of roses, this is the first time the gar­den has been opened. Still in Ar­ca­dia “Par­adise Found” has a Ba­li­nese hut and rain­for­est style plant­ings with a wide range of peren­ni­als, rose gar­dens and shade house.

Go­ing out to­wards Glenorie to an­other first timer is “Gle­nea­gle” a mod­ern style gar­den es­tab­lished from an empty pad­dock 10 years ago, the liv­ing ar­eas are beau­ti­fully in­te­grated with the house and there is a lot of gar­den art to ap­pre­ci­ate. As you start to make your way back to Gal­ston and Du­ral “Boule­varde” in Mid Du­ral was open a few years ago so it will be lovely to see how this gar­den has con­tin­ued to evolve, this prop­erty has nat­u­ral rock out­crops, with large sculp­tures and home to a great col­lec­tion of na­tive plants as well as a conifer gar­den and smaller ex­otics plus the added bonus of a shade house and hot house which con­tain an in­ter­est­ing col­lec­tion of un­usual plants.

We’ll check out the other four next is­sue. The gar­dens are open from 9.30-4.30 tick­ets are $20 which gives en­trance to all gar­dens, or $5 per gar­den, chil­dren un­der 18 free. For en­quiries: Bill Flem­ing 9653 2394, check our web­site or email: gal­ston­gar­den­

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