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Sunday, May 16, 2021

Out and about: regional open gardens

Looking for more inspiration? Why not hit the road to visit these open gardens.

Crookwell Garden Festival

Indulge in all the Upper Lachlan Shire has to offer over the weekend of 9-10 November for the Crookwell Garden Festival.

This year there are nine gardens on display, three of which are town gardens, and all have something unique to share.

Rose lovers will enjoy the Turner, McFaul and Cummins gardens, each of these found in the beautiful pastoral valley east of Crookwell; Kiloren garden is a glorious estate garden designed by the late Edna Walling in 1951 and remains largely unchanged from Walling’s original design; the Kensit garden features plantings and art; the Gay and Jackson gardens located in Crookwell township offer an abundance of plant variation in cleverly designed courtyard spaces. These gardens will prove great inspiration for visitors with small plots.

The 5th annual festival will also feature a Garden Lovers Market at the Crookwell Showground on Saturday morning, showcasing local art and sculpture, plant sales, tools and gardening lines.

For more, visit crookwellgardenfestival.com

Bungendore weekend

Four beautiful and diverse Bungendore gardens will be open on the weekend of 23-34 November (10am-4pm daily) including The Old Stone House (one acre of semi-formal gardens lies behind the 19th century restored two-storey house), Fox’s Folly (large cottage garden in a relaxing woodland setting), Fieldstone (simple, semi-formal garden), and Thornleigh (a heritage cottage garden surrounding 1880s house with walled secret garden incorporating the owner’s sculptures and potager). Visitors can see all four gardens for an entry fee of $15.

The open gardens are supporting a number of local charities including Bungendore Rural Fire Service, Bungendore Community Aid, Bungendore War Memorial Hall, Bungendore Residents Group, and Bungendore Community Foundation.

For more, visit opengardenscanberra.org.au

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