Highfield Gardens

Little Hartley, NSW, 2790

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Highfield Gardens is the new garden created by David Kennedy of 'Clover Hill' garden in Katoomba. 'Highfields' has captured the attention of the horticultural world already being included in the new book by Claire Takacs 'Australian Dreamscapes' and featuring on the front cover. This large garden is still under construction. Stage one includes 'The Dry Garden' Prairie garden, Birch Grove, Rock garden/Water garden, The long border (AKA Barry Manilow border) and the single coloured borders.

Open Garden Dates/Times

AugustSaturday 01 to Sunday 02 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Saturday 22 to Sunday 23 10:00AM - 4:00PM
SeptemberSaturday 12 to Sunday 13 10:00AM - 4:00PM
OctoberSaturday 03 to Sunday 04 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Saturday 10 to Sunday 11 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Saturday 17 to Sunday 18 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Saturday 24 to Sunday 25 10:00AM - 4:00PM
NovemberSaturday 07 to Sunday 08 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Saturday 21 to Sunday 22 10:00AM - 4:00PM

Entry Fee: $15

children under 16 free.
All children must be supervised by an adult at all times. Unattended children maybe asked to leave with parents or carers. Sorry but this is for safety reasons for everyone,we wish all to be safe.
Pensioner discount $12.
Bus groups of over 25 people receive a group discount with a guided tour included.
We have various packages available for groups.

Warning: Water in the garden, Uneven surfaces, Not Suitable for children

Location & Contact Info

  • 111 John Grant Rd
  • Little Hartley, NSW, 2790

Local Climate Zone: 8-9 - Cool Temperate to Alpine

Summer avg. Max: 24°C Winter avg. Min: 2°C
Avg Frost Days:57
Annual Rainfall avg: 1120mm. Summer avg. 361mm.
No. of rainy days: 51 Winter avg. 199mm.

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Garden Guide

The gardens are just under 5 years old. stone walls, ponds and rock garden have been made. thousands and thosands of plants have been planted to make this large garden.

Soil is silt with a clay underlay. hot summers and very cold winters.

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The dry garden.

The dry garden is at it's peak from early mid October till early December.
This part of the garden features plants from the drier parts of the world. Nepeta, Phlomis, Varbascums, Verbena, bulbs and many other unusual plants.
This has been our experiment in gardening in dry conditions.
This part of the garden is not watered so needs to stand on it's own!

We have many bulbs through this area which flower early in the season.  More Info »

The Prairie garden and Birch Grove

The prairie garden is full of thousands of plants to make up this style of planting. Autumn colors are a feature in this part of the garden in April/May.

Many bulbs are under planted for early spring colour before the perennials start into growth..

The Birch Grove is full of rare bulbs like Galanthus and other bulbs. The red and yellow stems of Cornus siberica add interest in winter. Hellebores are a feature with Galanthus in mid/late winter. Some very fine plants are found in this area.  More Info »

Rock and water garden.

The rock and water garden is split over two levels. There are two ponds a top and lower pond. many Peonies, maples, conifers and rare bulbs and alpine plants are found here.
many early flowering gems are found here.

Peonies are at there best in late mid to late October.

Long border

The long Border, AKA the Barry Manilow Border, is a garden border full of colour made up of annuals, bulbs, perennials, shrubs, roses and grasses to make a very colorful part of the garden.
This is an all season border. The Dahlias and Cannas take centre stage in late summer.
The roses and annuals are best in spring.
Dahlias and Canna's look best in Autumn

Coloured borders.

The single coloured borders are a experiment with colour.
We are using a main colour, eg. pink then adding a back up colour like plum.
We are experimenting with blue, red, orange, apricot, peach and yellow and of course plum!

we have now added bulbs to these areas for early colour.  More Info »

Visitor Comments

We visited Highfields on a cold June day and were bowled over. Even in mid winter it was full of colour and contained so many fascinating new plants my head was reeling. Many congratulations - can't wait to come back! Fiona & Bill (Ogilvie), Bathurst.
Fiona - June 2020
I visited Highfields today and what a wonderful garden it is with the spectacular backdrop of the Blue Mountains. This is a young garden but you can see the bones are there and I look forward to regular visits to see it grow.
Sharyn - October 2019
What a delightful morning we just experienced, from the warm welcome by the team to the inspirational stroll through the garden, then the cuppa & plant sales, what more could you want. This is a garden that will be visited many times through the changing seasons. Well done gents. Sharon & Blue, Katoomba.
Sharon - October 2019

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