Gal­ston Open Gar­den Week­end

19th, 20th & 21st Oc­to­ber

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Gardening - By Kim Peter­son

With the Oc­to­ber Open Gar­dens week­end fast ap­proach­ing fi­nal prepa­ra­tions are be­ing made to the gar­dens. We would like to thank all the gar­den own­ers for al­low­ing the gar­den club to present their gar­dens & for all the hard work that goes into pre­par­ing their gar­dens at their very best, even in a drought. We took a peek at five of the gar­dens last month, so let’s check out the other four now….

Driv­ing up to Glenorie to 10 Venetta Road the cur­rent own­ers are restor­ing this park like gar­den, with its im­pres­sive tree-lined drive­way, beds of aza­leas, roses, salvias & peren­ni­als, this is the first time the gar­den has been open.

Not far away is ”L’hi­ron­delle” at 25 Har­ri­son’s Lane Glenore, this long estab­lished park-like gar­den has many dif­fer­ent sec­tions, in­clud­ing a Ja­panese gar­den, herba­ceous & bulb beds, set amongst mag­nif­i­cent ma­ture trees, as well as Aus­tralian Na­tive ar­eas. Here you can view the gar­den, while en­joy­ing Morn­ing & Af­ter­noon Tea. Com­ing back now to­wards Du­ral to “Boule­vard” at 20 Wylds Rd Mid­dle Du­ral, chil­dren will love the large num­ber of sculp­tures of na­tive & ex­otic an­i­mals scat­tered through­out the gar­den. This gar­den is home to a great num­ber of Aus­tralian na­tive plants. Do not miss the mag­nif­i­cent shade house & hot house which con­tain a fas­ci­nat­ing col­lec­tion of un­usual plants in pots and bas­kets.

Fi­nally we come to “Wil­low Glen” at 2 Mar­rakesh Pl Ar­ca­dia, an in­for­mal rus­tic gar­den with large rock shelves, old na­tive trees and a wa­ter­course that feeds a large dam with wa­ter lilies. Bridges, seats & chil­dren’s play area add in­ter­est to the gar­den and of spe­cial in­ter­est is the fully mesh-en­closed pro­duc­tive gar­den which is of great in­ter­est to food grow­ers. If y ou need a lit­tle more, then don’t miss

The School of Bon­sai’s ex­ten­sive dis­play & demon­stra­tion of tech­niques used to cre­ate and main­tain bon­sai at 26 Sa­gars Rd Ken­thurst (next door to Gar­den No 1) en­try is free. So mark the 19th, 20th & 21st Oc­to­ber into your cal­en­dar, make a week­end of it or if you’re short for time, you can get round to all the gar­dens in a day if you are quick! Tick­ets are avail­able on the day out­side the Gal­ston Club 21 Gal­ston Rd Gal­ston or at any of the gar­den en­trances. Ticket prices are $5 per gar­den or $20 for en­try to all gar­dens over the 3 day week­end. Gar­dens are open from 9.30-4.30.

Our Septem­ber guest speaker was El­iz­a­beth Swane who has been raised in the hor­ti­cul­tural & nurs­ery in­dus­try. From an early age El­iz­a­beth knew she loved plants & set about learn­ing all as­pects of the in­dus­try. El­iz­a­beth has been a pro­lific con­trib­u­tor to mag­a­zines, be­com­ing a free-lance writer 20 years ago as well as a ra­dio com­men­ta­tor on the ABC an­swer­ing all your gar­den­ing ques­tions.

It was al­ways her dream to run a mag­a­zine and since 2012 El­iz­a­beth has been work­ing for Cen­tral West Life­style Mag­a­zine a quar­terly mag­a­zine fo­cussing on coun­try gar­dens & prop­er­ties in NSW. She loves the fact that she gets paid to visit peo­ple’s gar­dens, to meet the gar­den own­ers & see so many beau­ti­ful gar­dens some planned & some that just evolved. El­iz­a­beth spoke of the spe­cial chal­lenges they face with the en­vi­ron­ment, the plant­ing that is prac­ti­cal as well as beau­ti­ful & the restora­tion & preser­va­tion of these prop­er­ties. There are lots of peren­nial shrubs planted that we don’t see as of­ten now on the coast, yet work well in the coun­try gar­den. El­iz­a­beth en­cour­aged us to for­get about the faults we see in our gar­dens and to stand back & see the glo­ri­ous beauty as well as re­mind­ing us that if the gar­dener thinks it’s good, it is!

We hope to see you at our next club meet­ing and to join us for an­other happy gar­den­ing year. Gar­den Club meets on the 2nd Weds of the month at the Gal­ston Com­mu­nity Cen­tre 37 Ar­ca­dia Rd., Gal­ston 8.00pm. New mem­bers are warmly wel­comed. For other in­for­ma­tion, visit our web­site:www. gal­ston­gar­den­

“Boule­vard” (Teece)

10 Venetta Rd Glenorie (Mur­ray)

“Wil­low Glen” (Lind­ley)

“L’hi­ron­delle” (Piper)

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