2018 Millthorpe Garden Ramble is on the first weekend in November - 3/4th. Be inspired and gather ideas for sweeping landscapes, creative outdoor living areas, veggie plots, small nooks or just the right plant in the right place. The 12 gardens offer a wide variety of in and out of town, old and new, some that wrap around heritage homes and some that spill out onto the verge and enhance the streetscape. Join the hop on hop off bus for the out of town trips, an Art Trail and stalls. Enjoy!
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'The Old Bakery' circa 1890.
Our garden, which is 3 years old, is predominantly a cottage garden with the main feature being the old building that was once in the garden come from the chimneys and old ovens. The old shed was constructed with tin reclaimed from the renovation of the house. The bluestone wall was built from the stone excavated on site being the footings from the old bakery building.
We are amateurs gardeners so much of what we do is trial and error - if the plant grows it gets to stay and we buy another one. Plantings are mostly roses, conifers, a hedge of Japanese box and assorted shrubs. The various fruit trees we believe, were planted when the house was first built. We recently added a bee hive to increase the pollination rates of the plants, hopefully resulting in increased blooms this year. More Info »
Always a great attraction!
'EIDOLA PARK' is a 6 hectare (15 acres) garden commenced in 2006 that reflects the major interest of the owners in iris and roses. Together the many thousands of iris and roses provide a riot of colour in spring. The iris and roses are featured in landscaped areas/rooms with a backdrop of exotic trees and shrubs enhanced by diverse seasonal plantings of perennials and bulbs giving added colour throughout the year. Much development during 2017/18 ensures a wonderful experience for both the first time and return visitors.
Rainbow Ridge Nursery will have a stall at the garden selling Tall Bearded and Californian Iris at reduced prices for Ramble visitors.'
John and Lois Willing have owned 'Vermont' for 29 years having lovingly developed the garden and its contents during those years. The original 'Vermont' garden was very limited in scope as farmers were more interested in earning a living than nurturing a garden. The garden is exposed to severe frosts and occasional snow in winter,is often very windy and in summer is very dry. The trees and plants are survivors reflecting those that grow successfully throughout the Millthorpe area including camellias and rhododendrons with an exceptional variety of specimen trees, mainly deciduous. Under plantings are mainly old fashioned self sown ground covers. Of particular note is the 300 olive tree grove on the northern side planted 4 years ago.
The Willing's are passionate collectors and a wander through the garden, verandahs and nooks and cranies will delight those who discover the many treasures lurking in the undergrowth.
Feel free to examine the beautifully restored 1949 MGTC in the back shed, the early twentieth century shearing shed and its contents, the pise dairy, the vegetable garden, the child's cubby house and the chook folly.
You enter 'Mirraweena' along a drive of Manchurian and Cleveland pears. The homestead is surrounded by level lawns inside the cottage garden brimming with roses, agapanthus, perennials and cat mint. Climbing the verandah posts is a scented wisteria, and decorating the outdoor tables are colourful pots of a mixture of succulents.
As you wander the grounds, expect to be surprised and delighted to discover individual alcoves well adorned with character, and plenty of pretty pots overflowing with cumquats and camellias. Hidden beneath a Chinese elm is a child's swing and tucked below Cupressus, is a pond with goldfish and water irises.
A newly built guest house is nestled within an infant garden of roses, camellias, hydrangeas, seaside daisy, penstemons and other pretty perennials.
An added bonus of this garden are the magnificent views that stretch across the valley towards Mt Canobolas.
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