Monday, November 7, 2011

Open Garden Season - Yay !!!!!

Picture me swirling around in a cascade of ornimental pear blossom, dressed in a pretty 50's floral dress with arms outstretched to the romantic avenue and face uplifted to the sky, and you will catch a portion of my joy at the arrival of open garden season in Australia !!! For me it is a time of inspiration and beauty as I take in the glorious creations of my gardening peers. Here are a couple of upcoming attractions I wont be missing ...........

Stonefields Open Garden and Musk farm open garden19-20 November 2011

Sat. 19 Nov, 2011 at 10:00am-5pm & Sun. 20 Nov, 2011 10:00am-5pmTickets: $20 (children 12 and under free)
Enjoy a day in the garden and explore Paul Bangay's 'Stonefields', one of Australia's most beautiful country gardens.

Over two days Paul will open his garden to the public to raise money for the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. Visitors will be able to spend the day exploring Paul’s seven acres of garden, boasting terraced parterres, white garden, blue perennial entrance borders, apple walk, circular woodland garden, walled rose garden, rear terrace with sweeping country views, twin pool lawns and perennial borders, plus vegetable garden.

Paul Bangay and Stephanie Alexander, both celebrated authors of books on gardening and cooking, will be available throughout the weekend for book sales and book signings. Children 12 and under free.

Stuart Rattle's 'Musk Farm Garden' is also open on the same weekend, just 10 minutes drive from Stonefields. This will be a rare opportunity to view two of Australia's most remarkable gardens on the same weekend. See below

Saturday November 19, 2011 & Sunday November 20, 2011
OPEN: 10am - 4pm each day
TICKETS: $20 (Children 12 & under FREE)
11 School Road, Musk

Look for the sign between Bullarto and Daylesford.
(Melway Ref 609:D10 or Vic Roads Ref 59:E8)

The garden is inspired by the English Arts and Crafts movement and the romantic tradition in architecture and garden design of Lutyens and Jekyll. A love of individual plants has been indulged whilst retaining strong design elements in 14 defined garden rooms that are integrated by interconnecting walkways, architecture, and extensive use of hedging and garden ornamentation.

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