On a weekend in mid October we enjoyed exploring our local area during the Galston Garden Club open weekend where a number of private gardens are open to the public to admire. The gardens we visited were diverse and each had their own different qualities to admire.
Elegans Garden, Galston
This was the first garden we visited of the day and our favourite. There was a wonderful variety of different plants and garden types throughout the sprawling stroll garden. The many hidden pathways, small bridges and interconnected ponds made for a garden of magical exploration. Around every corner was a new surprise, a new flower or plant to admire.
It was also a delight to spot a family of ducks out for a swim on one of the upper ponds.
Kailynd Garden, Dural
The second garden we visited featured a large lake with central island at the front of the property with conifer hedgings and a more European formal parterre style garden at the rear. The garden had a number of sculptures and rose bushes to admire as well as the iris plantings around the lake edge.
The third garden we visited is designed as a haven for birds with mostly native plantings across the steep site. At the base of the property was a waterlily pond where we admired the blooms and the dragonflies skittering over the pads. We spotted a few different species of birds in our walk plus heard many others that we didn't see..
The garden at Tanglewood was of a more traditional English style with box hedges, rose bushes, foxgloves and other cottage style plantings to compliment the beautiful old house around which it is formed.
Red Creek, Dural
The final garden we visited on the day is sculpted around the natural Australian bush landscape with paths criss-crossing the creek that runs through the bottom of the property. It was nice to see a garden that was for exploring and had developed quite naturally with the original landscape.