Open gardens in Galston

TWO Galston gardens are open this weekend as part of the Open Gardens Australia Scheme.

Kate and Paul Stanley's 'Birchgrove' in Galston will be open for the first time from 10am to 4.30pm at 16 Fishburn Avenue.

A stunning array of plants, many rare and unusual, create a garden full of interest and surprise. French Bourbon roses, silver elm, white jacaranda, rare magnolias, a yellow camellia and a weeping snake bark maple spread above an understorey of charming cottage perennials, bearded irises and many unusual bulbs.

 The front of the property contains an acre of original bush, with ironbarks, white mahogany, woody pear, wombat vine and native orchids, clematis, violets and crocus. A new bush garden nestled in the dry, dappled shade below features rare clivias and white and lemon camellias.

 Topiaried hedges shaped in myriad ways, and Kate’s use of bonsai techniques on plants in the ground (Niwaki), lend a wonderful artistic touch to this fascinating garden.

 Rare and unusual plants will be for sale. Devonshire Teas will be available and visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to eat on the rolling green lawns. Cost: $7.

Bill Fleming’s gorgeous garden – built with his own two hands over more than thirty years – is an inspiration for anyone with a dream of creating their own garden from scratch. 

Four beautiful lakes, which look like they’ve always been there, but are actually purpose-built garden features – anchor the design of this impressive garden. 

Bill’s proud of the fact that the design, planting and maintenance of his garden has always been done without any outside help. 

“I am strongly opposed to the current fashion of using surrogate landscapers and gardeners. What you see today are my successes – all my failures have been buried!” 

Exotics and natives are blended together to provide changing colour and texture throughout the year. The many deciduous trees, including Liquidambars, Elms, Crabapples and over 60 different Maples, provide wonderful seasonal changes.  

Around 300 camellias thrive in the local conditions and are a main component of the garden. A rainforest area contains native species, including rare grevilleas and a large tree waratah.

Details: 21 Fishburn Road. Cost: $8.

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