about the gar­den

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Red Cow Farm -

Ram­bling over 2.5 hectares in the pretty ru­ral vil­lage of Sut­ton For­est in the cool cli­mate of the NSW South­ern High­lands, Red Cow Farm own­ers Ali Men­tesh and Wayne Morrissey have, since 1990, trans­formed what was once a paddock into a park­land gar­den of 20 rooms, many walks and mul­ti­ple moods.

The en­trance to the gar­den, via a charm­ing 1820s cot­tage, be­lies the grandeur, en­chant­ment and sheer sur­prise that lies be­hind. There’s the Walled Gar­den, and the Cot­tage, Abbess’s, Monastery and Bog gar­dens. A num­ber of suit­ably named ‘walks’ are very invit­ing: the Camel­lia, Beech, Hazel­nut and Crabap­ple walks, and many other ‘secret’ pas­sages. For a lit­tle quiet time, there is a walled sanc­tu­ary. A wood­land spills down to a lake, which boasts its own is­land. Clas­si­cal stat­u­ary, in­clud­ing one of St Fi­acre, the pa­tron saint of gar­den­ers, and gar­goyles are prom­i­nent in the gar­den rooms and wood­land. Free­stand­ing arches act as float­ing doors, the walls have 3D ‘wall­pa­per’, while foun­tains, urns and an obelisk help trans­form the gar­den into a gallery of never-end­ing de­lights.

The beck­on­ing: A source of en­rich­ment for your mind and body

DE­SIGN IDEAS FOR YOU A fea­ture com­mon to all parts of the gar­den is the use of fo­cal points, such as a statue of Apollo at the end of a long path­way lined with white­beam trees, or a row of arches that leads to a huge bell in the Monastery Gar­den.

Each en­trance is like a pic­ture frame where an off-cen­tred burst of colour draws you in.

Around each cor­ner is a vista where ma­ture conifers and maples make a dra­matic back­drop to the stun­ning colour be­neath, or a droop of wil­low branches is like a gauze cur­tain guard­ing what lies be­hind.

11 A golden tower of Ver­bus­cum makes a stun­ning state­ment as it rises through a thicket of pink and red ram­bling roses.Shade-lov­ing ferns add a mag­i­cal qual­ity to a quiet cor­ner. Here, their del­i­cate fronds con­trast with the hard edges of the stone plinth.

12 Ducks in a cir­cle are sur­rounded by an is­land of pop­pies – mak­ing a charm­ing fea­ture of the round­about at the drive­way en­trance.

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