The eight open gardens of 2019
This year we have gardens that have never been open to the public, along with classic favourites that are always appealing.
You will love all our gardens, including the gorgeous Edna Walling-designed garden, Kiloren, and Ian McFaul's profusion of roses. If you visited the festival in 2018, you might like to know that none of the gardens opening in November this year were open last year. So come and visit again!
We also have two free 'bonus gardens'. Find out more about them below.
All-garden ($20) and single-garden ($5) tickets can be purchased when you arrive at the open gardens weekend, or you can buy your all-garden tickets online now.
Please note that we had nine gardens, but the owner of Moorabinda is unable to open.
1. Gay Garden
2 Denham Street, Crookwell
Charmaine and Richard Gay are the proud owners of this immaculate town garden. The house and garden site was originally swampland and has undergone several changes since it last opened for the garden festival. The front garden neatly showcases Charmaine’s roses within 25-year-old buxus hedging. The roses include standards, climbing pink Pierre de Ronsard and fragrant bush favourites Just Joey, Double Delight, Vol de Nuit and Mr Lincoln. Flowering Prunus 'Elvins' will be in full glory during November in the front garden also. The back cleverly merges several garden styles—from tropical with its sunken pond, lush calla and canna lilies and tree fern, to romantic with a wisteria arbour displaying pink, mauve and white blooms and a pink rhododendron taking centre stage. Japanese maples, crepe myrtles, hibiscus and lilac shrubs also feature. A pollarded robinia brings welcome summer shade to the small lawn area while a quirky red door punctuates the garden boundary. This garden will provide great inspiration for those with small plots; come and enjoy its clever landscaping and diverse plant collection.
2. Jackson Garden
45 Cowper St, Crookwell
Ann and Ray have been the proud owners of this beautiful garden for 32 years. During this time both the front and back gardens have seen much change with the removal of more than 25 established trees all planted by the couple. Ann and Ray have transformed the garden in more recent years for ease of maintenance and to accomodate their changing needs. The small back garden is divided into a small lawn area and sheltered courtyards by colourful Japanese maples, clematis columns, a cotoneaster screen and decorative gates. Meandering stone paths make their way through the garden beds to reveal an extensive collection of hellebores, colourful heucheras and perennials. Roses moved originally from Ann’s father's home in Dubbo thrive in the sun-soaked front garden and all rose lovers will be envious of the climbing Dublin Bay, Gold Bunny and Pierre de Ronsard roses traditionally flowering early in their sheltered location. A Pink Pearl rhododendron puts on a wonderful display during November and the clipped berberis and smoke bushes bring gorgeous purple foliage accent to the lush garden.
3. Roseville, Cummins Garden
759 Kialla Rd, Crookwell
This expansive country garden is set within the beautiful and productive Kialla valley south of Crookwell. The garden has been lovingly tended by Gillian and Geoff Cummins for 20 years and has been developed in three stages. Original plantings surrounding the 1880s homestead include pear trees, lilac shrubs and hydrangeas. Gillian, a professional gardener, has extended the garden in more recent years to include a wisteria arbour and native windbreaks. Irises and peony roses feature in the border gardens during November and hybrid clematis and standard roses are also on display. See if you can spot the fish in the gorgeous old cast iron bath water feature and take a stroll through the arboretum paddock containing both fruit and ornamental species. A picnic-worthy farm garden.
4. Turner Garden
151 Gorham Rd, Crookwell
This six-year-old garden will be a great source of inspiration for lovers of roses and irises. The garden has been designed and built by proud owners Mirielle and Brett Turner. It features a renovated stone cottage, original Damsen plum trees, rose arbour and rock edged garden beds. Views to surrounding farmland are framed by the hedged garden rooms, there is also a great collection of perennials, herbs, espaliered berries, camellias and conifers.
5. Enid's Garden, Ian McFaul
172 Third Creek Rd, Crookwell
Ian writes: "2002 was a significant year. It saw the start of the worst drought in living memory; the death (complete with whimper) of Ansett; the promulgation of that Mother of all Lies concerning Weapons of Mass Destruction; and the United States government reinstating torture as a practice of the State. And with such a joyous and lighthearted background, my late wife and I began 'Enid's Garden' here in Crookwell. It was always going to be roses. We had led a gypsy life, and this house was our 26th in (then) 36 years of marriage. We had planted roses at every house where that was practicable, from Central Tilba to "Anthony Lagoon" station on the Barkly Tableland. After two seasons, we removed most of the hybrid teas that we had planted because Crimson Rosellas mutilated them so constantly. At the same time, however, my interest in old-fashioned varieties was increasing, so necessity and inclination combined, and the garden is now predominantly old style roses; about 300 of the little pets. We joined Heritage Roses in Australia—a small, but passionate organisation for the conservation and promotion of these lovely flowers. If you would care to see somewhat different roses, often on large graceful bushes, with soft, informal blooms, gentle colours, and with exquisite fragrance, then I would be delighted to welcome you to Enid's Garden. Oh, and just one more thing. My 'desert island' rose is the floribunda Apricot Nectar, for its colour—my favourite—its good health and generosity."
1 Hay St, Crookwell
This tranquil country garden is a great example of how good garden design is capable of doing the heavy lifting no matter what the season. Designed by Edna Walling in 1951, it remains one of the few intact examples true to Walling’s philosophy. She included many of her trademark design features in this garden: a sunken pond, low stone walls and meandering paths leading through rock-edged shrubbery gardens. There are copses of silver birch underplanted with bulbs and a wonderful old oak tree perfect for picnicking beneath or climbing on. Gardeners will appreciate old fashioned spring flowering favourites including spirea, philadelphus, kolkwitzia and forsythia. Perennial plantings include irises, ajuga, seaside daisy and hellebores.
7. Kensit Garden
2 Memory Ave, Crookwell
This lovely established garden has been cleverly landscaped by owners Narelle and Michael Kensit to disguise the sloping block. Visitors are greeted by a circular driveway garden with a central water feature set within lavender and several newer native plantings. Closely planted capital pears bring privacy from the street and shelter to the many exotic tree species within the garden including crab apple, ash, flowering cherries and a copse of established silver birch trees. Elegant standard roses line the front verandah and a showy banksia rose smothers the carport during spring. Narelle’s collection of hebes is enviable and feature throughout the terraced gardens. Strappy foliage accents are introduced to the garden though burgundy-coloured cordyline and flax species, and an original sulky takes pride of place on the eastern side of the house. This interesting collection of plants will appeal to all during its showy spring best.
8. Balcony Rose, Taylor Garden
17 Carrington Rd, Crookwell
With the house circa 1896-1904, this garden is a very special part of Crookwell history. The black basalt hammerstone-faced homestead nestles cosily amongst the reasonably young garden. The previous owners, Alison and John Lamond, planted the trees 40 years ago, with the current owners Janet and McComas Taylor continuing the care of the many wonderful and now established specimens including plane trees, oaks, beech and stands of silver birch and poplars with underplantings of old-fashioned perennials. The recent addition of a basalt field stone wall gives the garden a distinctly Edna Walling feel and complements the pond featuring Louisiana irises beautifully. Be sure to look for the kinetic wind sculpture at the bottom of the garden spinning in an easterly wind.
We have two free bonus gardens that you are welcome to visit any time during daylight hours.
Anthony's verge garden
Cnr Jamieson and Oram streets
There's no stopping Anthony, who is developing a large and attractive verge garden in a quiet Crookwell street. You can see Anthony loves gardening and his creativity comes to the fore as he makes something beautiful on a budget.
Crookwell Community Garden
Cnr Colyer and Park streets
Opened by ABC TV's Costa Georgiadis just 18 months ago, the delightful Crookwell Community Garden is an attractive, productive and very sociable place to visit! If you've ever wondered what an insect hotel, worm farm or wicking bed looks like, well here's your chance to see them all. There will be community garden members there on Sunday morning from about 10am, but you're welcome to walk through anytime.