The Gardens

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1 November



We are saddened to make this call but most of our beautiful gardens are under water, the weather has been relentless.

2022 Crookwell festival gardens


Hudson Garden

72 Cowper Street

Crookwell 2583

This place is simply magical. The front gate is flanked by a gorgeous flowering cherry on the left and an ancient and imposing holly on the right. As you look through the gate a mysterious shape looms over the path: a very large, interesting and somewhat spooky weeping cyprus. It's just like something from a Harry Potter movie!

This garden has many more interesting trees and shrubs, including a lovely selection of rhododendrons in shades of cerise, pink, mauve and creamy white.

It’s truly a garden for all seasons, with massed hellebores and bulbs flowering in winter, and an abundance of aquilegias and other cottage garden gems, and yet more bulbs celebrating the arrival of spring. As the spring blooms gently fade away, they are followed by a delectable selection of gorgeous roses and yet more exciting blossoms in the hotter months. Of course, there is also plenty of autumn colour too.

It was the garden that inspired owners Margaret and Brian Hudson to buy the property. Margaret says, “We were really looking for a different style of house, but we saw the garden and that was it. The decision was made!”

The foundations of the garden were established by previous owner Alan Craven, a well-known local weaver who had somewhat of a cult following for his fantastic and beautifully crafted woven tweeds, used to create wonderfully exquisite garments.

His talents also clearly extended to the field of horticulture and resulted in this enchanting town garden. It was Alan who designed the basic layout of the garden, who planted the various trees including the wonderful weeping cypress, and who created this special place.

Under the loving care of Margaret and Brian, who bought the property in 2010, this charming garden continues to evolve and develop. It will surely delight visitors for many decades to come!


Watson Garden

Mark and Gae Watson

66 Cowper St

Crookwell 2583

'Myahgah' is a delightful small town garden. Gae and Mark have worked meticulously on creating an eclectic blend of country, cottage and garden whimsy!


It is a wonderful example of what can be achieved when combining cold climate hedges and plants with vision, mission and purpose.


This hidden gem features different garden rooms, with interesting structures, including an Ajax wool press, fairy garden, and two bird aviaries.


Jackson Garden

Ray and Anne Jackson

45 Cowper St

Crookwell 2583

The Jackson’s small town garden is a testament of their love of gardening, sharing and the appreciation of cool climate plants.


From an empty block, lots of hand collected rocks were used for dry stone walls and paths under Japanese maples.


Ray’s keen hand skills are evident throughout the garden while Anne’s love is the soil, plants and creating areas that work. Roses, hellebores, clematis, heuchera and Japanese maples share the garden space.


Tea House

Stephen Carroll and Mandy McDonald

Cowper Street

Crookwell 2583

With undulating mounds of purple lavender and rosemary set against the pale blue, sea foam green and lilac décor of the fence and house, the front garden evokes a sense of oceanic energy. There is a distinctly Mediterranean feel about it, a sense of sea cliffs and salt spray, villas in the sun and the play of light on water.

But this is just the appetiser. The rear of the property has been transformed into an entirely different space that is secluded and tranquil, yet strangely exciting.

It is hard to believe that just six years ago the main feature of this part of the garden was a square of tired turf and an old Hill’s Hoist. Two fully mature, but sadly neglected trees were present in the garden when Stephen and Mandy bought the property: a magnificent Magnolia grandiflora and a huge pear tree.

Careful pruning and sensitive landscaping have ensured that these trees are now showcased to their best advantage. Since renovation works were completed, the newer plantings in the garden have matured to create a haven sheltered by dense growth, including camellias, gingkos, Japanese maples, buddlejas and crepe myrtles.

Stephen Carroll is an international Tea Master and has studied tea culture in many parts of the world, including Korea, China and Japan. With his deep interest in medicinal herbs and their properties, and a passion for horticulture, you can understand and appreciate that he has created an ever-evolving garden full of horticultural treasures for those with a keen eye for the unusual, including an interesting selection of Oriental medicinal and culinary plants such as yuzu, Szechuan pepper, tea, Korean radish and perilla.

As if this were not enough, there are fascinating sculptures strategically placed throughout the grounds. Mandy McDonald is a well-known Crookwell artist and sculptor. A selection of her art works, and those of other local artists, will be on display in the garden and gallery. 

This is a garden that is sure to inspire!


White Garden

Des and Julie White

Gordon Rd


A kaleidoscope of colours greets you as you enter this garden. Neat garden beds packed with a fascinating array of annuals, perennials, bulbs and shrubs. Cherry trees, weeping elms, azaleas, rhododendrons, conifers, garden art and windchimes. It’s a wonderfully enchanting place that invites you in to explore.


But that’s just the front garden!


As you round the house and enter the backyard, you will be greeted by two enormous and very majestic oak trees, one an English oak and the other a pin oak, set in a large expanse of lawn. Try to resist the urge to run over and hug these magnificent trees if you can!

The initial feeling is of space and room to play. And that’s no accident; the rear garden is planned for family fun and provides plenty of room for kids and grandkids to run amok and burn off energy. It’s also a fabulous place for a social gathering, a perfect place to enjoy al fresco dining under the shade of those wonderful trees.


And yet more horticultural treasures in every corner! Geums, salvias, peonies, phlox, ericas, roses, the list seems endless. So many botanical delights to savour and enjoy.


The soft tinkling of more wind chimes and the strategically placed garden artworks add to the charm of this special place that effortlessly combines so many garden styles. A cottage garden, a parkland oasis, an art gallery, a botanical garden? It’s all of these and more.


Masterfully created and packed full of so many interesting plants and sculptures, and yet not busy or overwhelming. It’s spacious, and somehow both simultaneously stimulating and calming. Take your time here, there’s a lot to see and there are surprises hiding in unexpected places.


This garden has such an array of different plants that there is always something delightful in bloom, no matter the time of year.


Truly a garden for all seasons!



Woodward Lane Garden

Paul and Kerry

Woodward Lane

Crookwell 2583

This is your chance to witness the early days of a garden that is destined for future greatness. Paul and Kerry have a great love of trees and have planted out an astonishingly diverse collection on their two hectare block over the last five years.


Groves of silver birch, cut-leaf birch and purple birch have been underplanted with a variety of bulbs and perennials. Crimson sentry maples and ornamental pears march along the boundaries and glorious lipstick maples line the driveway. Carefully placed golden elm, geisha elm, liquidamber, pin oak, nyssa, plane, Chinese pistachio, claret ash and golden ash. So many gorgeous trees!

Paul has a particular love of Japanese maples and cercis, and many different cultivars have been incorporated in this grand vision. And there’s yet more botanical treasures to see: dogwoods, crepe myrtles, magnolias and Japanese snowball trees. Camellias and wisteria, roses and even waratahs and proteas.

Something very special that you may not have seen before is the katsura tree. The heart-shaped leaves turn glorious golden shades in autumn and emit a most distinctive sweet caramel smell.

Neatly clipped hedges define the buildings, and even here there is variety, with hedges of escallonia, English box, Japanese box and Buxus ‘Faulkner’.

You might be thinking this is an arboretum in the making, but it’s so much more than this. The trees have been grouped and placed strategically and this really is a garden with a grand vision. It’s spacious and forest like, yet intimate. The diversity is fascinating, but the design ensures it is cohesive and inviting.

Kerry has a keen eye for rocks and at various places in the garden you will find magnificent examples of Southern Tablelands geology that have been rescued and salvaged from the local district. Here’s a challenge for the ‘rock hounds’: how many different kinds of rock can you identify in this garden?

It’s a young garden and there’s a lot of work to be done as the garden evolves, but for Paul and Kerry it’s a labour of love. Their enthusiasm and passion for gardening is contagious and you will certainly be inspired by a visit to this special place. You’ll also want to come back in years to come to see how it has grown and developed!


‘Binda Mill’

Richard and Annie Goodrich

9 Queen St

Binda 2583

This gracious country garden designed by landscape architect Michael Bligh is planted generously with a variety of deciduous trees to capture the wonderful Southern Tablelands four seasons.


The garden includes stone walls, a large pond and jetty, and a walkway of robinias and ground cover leading to the formal circular rose garden.



The Edwards Family

462 Mulgowie Rd

Crooked Corner 2583

Acknowledged as one of the great country gardens of Australia, Markdale was started in the 1920s and  redesigned in the late 1940s by the pioneer of Australian landscape gardening, Edna Walling.


Spanning 5 acres, the garden is said to be one of the most intact examples of her garden design in New South Wales. It features her signature design—blending native plants and exotics, thyme lawns, informal garden pool and hand-built paths. Garden features include a pergola of blue and white wisteria, stunning golden and weeping elms, a profusion of roses, a stone-walled garden and a sweeping lawn down to a small lake.


Walling used the glorious natural scenery of paddocks and hills to advantage, removing many of the existing hedges in the process. Today, silver birch, aspens, pin oaks, hawthorns, golden elms, golden and claret ash, spireas, viburnums and eucalypts shelter and frame the garden without obscuring the view.