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SOME of Syd­ney’s older gar­dens may be lost but there are many in NSW that are still bloom­ing and wel­com­ing vis­i­tors; check for open days. El­iz­a­beth Bay House: A walk through the leafy har­bour­side streets of El­iz­a­beth Bay will re­veal the rem­nants of this grand es­tate and its gar­dens. The grotto down the steps off Onslow Av­enue is a high­light. www.hht.net.au. Eryldene: The orig­i­nal home of E. G. Water­house and his wife Janet, at Gor­don on Syd­ney’s north shore, is known for its camel­lias and aza­leas. www.eryldene.org.au. Leura Gar­dens Fes­ti­val, Blue Moun­tains: The area’s her­itage gar­dens are fa­mous for their spring colours. Se­lected gar­dens open this week­end from 9.30am to 4.30pm. www.leura­gar­dens­fes­ti­val.com.au. Moidart, Bur­radoo: This 2ha south­ern high­lands gar­den, laid out in the 1930s, in­cludes ma­ture trees, a sunken rose gar­den, ter­races with peren­nial bor­ders, wood­land gar­den and gar­den walks to view bulbs and blooms in spring. (02) 4861 2600. Fox­glove Spires Gar­dens, Tilba: Open year-round, the 100-year-old cot­tage on the NSW south coast is sur­rounded by a 1.6ha gar­den that in­cludes rosec­ov­ered ar­bours, wood­lands and se­cluded ar­eas filled with flow­ers. www.tilba.com.au/fox­glovespires. Barry Oliver

Flo­ral abun­dance: Eryldene in Gor­don

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