Wildwood Garden

Bilpin, NSW, 2758

Wildwood Garden

Wildwood is not just a place to wander in and enjoy the plantings as it has a cafe with fabulous views, a gift shop & specialist nursery with treasures grown from plants in the garden. There is a cherry walk, dogwoods & other blossom trees, camellias, azaleas, massed clivia, & hellebore, hydrangea, deciduous trees that are spectacular in autumn & ferns that surround a magnificent waterfall with ponds. There is also a large lake surrounded by lawns & topiary where you can picnic.

Seasonal Opening Times

Spring season starts 06 Aug 2021

Wildwood is open! Access via Bells Line of Road from Sydney.

Seasonal Opening details
Autumn: March 26 until June 14 on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 10am-4pm, including long weekends and public holidays. Spring: August 6 until November 1 on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 10am-4pm.

Wildwood is open other times by appointment for groups of 20 or more. We can provide light lunches, morning or afternoon tea for groups. Please call Wayne on 0417 042 460 for a quote

Entry Fee: $10

Adults $10.00, Pensioners, Disabled & Students (with Australian ID cards) $8.00 each & Children under 16 Free

Warning: Water in the garden, Uneven surfaces, Steep slopes

Location & Contact Info

  • 29 Powells Road
  • Bilpin, NSW, 2758

Note: Wildwood Garden is .5km (left hand side) of Powells Rd, Bilpin with off street parking for up to 30 cars & bus & coach parking off street available also. Bells Line of Road from Sydney is open to Wildwood. (but is closed further on)

Local Climate Zone: 9 - Cool Temperate

Summer avg. Max: 26°C Winter avg. Min: 3°C
Avg Frost Days:26
Annual Rainfall avg: 1340mm. Summer avg. 477mm.
No. of rainy days: 55 Winter avg. 197mm.

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Garden Guide

Wildwood is the creation of plant & garden enthusiast Wayne & Sue Tapping. They began this garden more than 30 years ago & also opened a retail nursery at nearby North Richmond. The Nursery closed in 2010, allowing the couple to pursue their dream ...


Wildwood Autumn Season begins on March 26th when the garden is green & lush from all the summer rain followed closely behind by a magnificent display of Salvia.

During April there are two Salvia shows the first on the 11th & 12th & the second on the 28th & 19th.
This is where we showcase over 120 different varieties of Salvia & all the beautiful wildlife that frequent them. The display gardens within the garden are a sight to behold when in full bloom. So too are the plants for sale in the nursery.

The autumn leaf colours are magnificent beginning late April & continuing through May the garden being over 40 years old has some impressive sized trees which when they turn such beautiful colours of gold, burgundy, red, yellow, orange & spotted colours as well. At this time of year it can be cool so don't forget to rug up.

Dance in the fallen leaves - make a video - the kids just love it the big ones too find magic in the fallen leave - they are there for all during May & June.  More Info »


During April we will once again present our Salvia shows over two weekends April, 11th & 12th along with April 17th & 18th.

This is where we showcase over 120 plus different varieties of Salvia for cold or hot, sunny or shady, short, medium or tall growers we have them all.

The display gardens will be filled with blossom from the wee tiny flowers smothering the bushes, to the large & celestial panicles from all different part of the world. African, European, American & others too.

Gorgeous colour of flower blooms & striking Calyces as well. Salvia come in a range of colours from yellow, tangerine, apricot, lemon, red, pink, mauve, blue, cranberry, maroon & white along with many bi-colours.

There are small dainty flowers to large & flamboyant styles with most growing in full sun there are the shade lovers too. The most impressive is the amount of birds, bees & butterflies that frequent them its hard to believe that extinction is a problem in our world today but not here at Wildwood.

Picnic in the garden along size the Salvia & watch the many wildlife enjoy the garden with you.

The nursery is also packed with plants of all sizes & priced from a very low $5.95 each.  More Info »


The Sasanqua Camellia at Wildwood at bloom during this time of year come in a range of colours from red, to cerise, white, mauve, pink, & the truly beautiful bi-colours. They are adored by the parrots often seen amongst the flowers. The shapes can be single, semi-double, formal double, anemone form or peony form, from miniature to very large. Flowers can also be imbricated or fringed.

Sasanqua are the Camellia that is mostly used for topiaries, hedges, arches, standards or lolly pop type trees, however one of the most interesting is the groundcover type which are so beautiful at this time of year.

This Camellia is known for the beautiful carpet of petals that fall to the ground from the massed amount of flowers they produce.

There are many hedges with in the garden, topiaries as well. There are horses & children styles.

We have also just received new stocks of Sasanqua plants which are really healthy plants which always makes them easier to get started.

Christmas Sale - 25% Off Giftware & Plants

Join us for our Christmas Sale - 25% Off Giftware & Plants. Also enjoy the garden it in its spring/summer glory & the cafe will be open as well with all its regular homemade goodies for morning & afternoon teas & lunches  More Info »

Visitor Comments

A large and very pleasant garden, with areas of woodland that feature dogwoods, maples and cherry trees, with well kept open lawns, perennial gardens that feature salvias of numerous varieties. The signage is very helpful! A cafe with light lunches, morning and afternoon tea is a welcome respite, with lovely views over the garden. There is also a nursery attached that sells a large variety of salvias! We enjoyed our visit very much, thank you Wayne & Sue for a very pleasant visit! Annette & Peter
Annette - April 2019
A beautiful garden set in a lovely cool climate area. Well worth a visit, plenty to look at and the owners have gone to great lengths to put up very helpful signage, not only in relation to the type of plants in a particular area, but also advising of sloping ground, water etc, very impressive.
Lyn - June 2015

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