Ten wonderful Stanthorpe and Granite Belt gardens will be open to the public during the Apple & Grape Harvest Festival.
$25 per person gives you access to all gardens. Entry for children 17 years and under is free. Tickets are available online (see below) or you can buy tickets at our Festival Shop, Maryland Street Stanthorpe. You may also purchase entry for a single garden at the gate for $5.
The gardens will be open at various times during the festival as follows, but please check here for for last minute changes. Those booking online will receive a reminder email with any changes a few days before the festival.
In addition to the ten open gardens, on Saturday 27 February only the Whistle Stop Heritage and Community Garden will be open from 1pm-4pm. The Whistle Stop garden is located next to the train station - entry via Tyrel Street.
Saturday 27th February 1pm to 4pm - plus Whistle Stop Garden this day only
Sunday 28th February 10am to 4pm - food & drinks available at Braeside
Monday 29th February closed
Tuesday 1st March 10am to 4pm
Wednesday 2nd March 10am to 4pm
Thursday 3rd March closed
Friday 4th March 10am to 4pm
Saturday 5th March 10am to 1pm
Sunday 6th March 10am to 1 pm
STANTHORPE TOWN GARDENS
ASHWOOD - 39 BRUNCKHORST AVENUE, STANTHORPE
Being nestled among impressive granite outcrops on the side of a hill, the garden has evolved in harmony with its natural surroundings. This large country garden is filled with rock terraces, meandering paths, manicure box hedges, roses arbours, camellias, photinias and deciduous trees, a picture around every corner.
CABRIA GARDEN - 16 MCGREGOR TERRACE, STANTHORPE
Elaine and Gino Cabria have developed this highly regarded Cottage garden over many years. The garden features a range of plant species including: Mop Top Robinas, Abutilions, Crepe Myrtles, standard Royal Mantle Grevilleas, annuals, fuchias, and roses. Rooms of Bromeliads and succulents along with rockeries, ponds and pergolas with hanging baskets add great interest and variety.
MARINO GARDEN - 113 COLLEGE ROAD, STANTHORPE
The Marino garden is a large informal country garden, on one hectare. An old pine tree provides protection from winter frosts, for a collection of azaleas and frost tender plants. Roses, hardy perennials, shrubs and trees are all used in pleasing combinations. Tucked away is a hidden Mediterranean area featuring a large productive olive tree. It also features a fish pond with an assortment of aquatic plants.
MIKELA GARDEN - 13 HALE HAVEN DRIVE, STANTHORPE
Over the last 37 years the McAuliffe's have planned a place of tranquil beauty. The pond is probably the feature that beckons a visit on most garden strolls. The gazebo is the perfect spot to pause and share the day's achievements. The purple agapanthus and the yellow Day-lillies contrast a striking rendition of summer glory. Colourful pictures follow in succession throughout the summer. Autumn colour is magnificent as giants of gold, russet and bronze reach to the sky until leaves float effortlessly to the ground in a tapestry of colour. We hope that you enjoy the seating steps, walls and luring vistas inviting you to explore further and evoking a quiet sense of natural beauty.
WAHROONGA - 54 LOCK STREET, STANTHORPE
'Wahroonga' means "place by the water". This historical home was built early last century by the well-known Gleeson family. In 1993 Carolyn Robinson was approached to design a garden that would complement the house.
The trees, plants and flowers have been carefully selected to create both formal and informal aspects of the garden. They have also been selected to suit the cool climate of Stanthorpe and to provide foliage and colour all year round. The impressive hedging provides protection to the many beds of perennials, foliage and rose gardens. We are still re-building the lower parts of the garden that were badly destroyed from the 2011 floods, in which whole hedges, plants & fences were washed away.
The garden is at its peak from Jan-March each year. We particularly love spending time in it at this time of year; it is a wonderful place to come at the end of the day. After just a quick stroll around observing its beauty, our serenity is restored!
GRANITE BELT GARDENS
BRAESIDE HOMESTEAD - 28 CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN ROAD, THE GLEN
The Heritage listed Braeside Homestead (built in 1874) has recently undergone major restoration and garden development and expansion. The Carolyn Robinson designed gardens covering approximately 7 Hectares including terraces, pathways and ponds have taken over 5 years to establish and are nearly completed.
BRAMBLE PATCH PRIVATE GARDEN - 381 TOWNSEND ROAD, GLEN APLIN
This stunning garden that has something for everyone. Roses and perennials, including massed salvias and cannas, provide a blaze of colour that compliments the hedging, well-established trees and shrubs. An attractive lake fringed with water-loving plants adds further interest as do the small waterfall, bridge, trellised and decorative seating.
BUNGAWARRAH - 74 HARSLETT ROAD, AMIENS
Alec and Denise Harslett’s home, ‘Bungawarrah’, is nestled among the large granite boulders of Rat’s Castle at Amiens. They created their garden almost 40 years ago and it has gradually spread up the hillside in a very informal shape. The range of flowering Australian natives is a feature of this garden The trees and shrubs are randomly planted so as to blend in with the existing bushland.
Refreshments available: tea, coffee and fresh local raspberries with cream and ice cream. Proceeds will go towards a Rotary building project in East Timor.
GRASS TREE HILL - 889 GRANITE BELT DRIVE, DALVEEN
John and Rhonda Hoffman have developed this two-hectare garden over the last 8 years. The long driveway lined with October Glory or Lipstick Maples winds to the top of the hill where the house stands with views to the Killarney hills. Large granite slabs covered with beautiful lichen act as borders to the gardens planted with a large range of trees and shrubs. The grass trees and natives are a special feature of the garden. The arboretum of young rainforest timber trees that John has collected over the years nestles in a corner of the extensive garden and is definitely worth a visit.
TEALE HOMESTEAD - 34 TEALE ROAD, THE SUMMIT
Teale Homestead welcomes you to come and enjoy the many features it has to offer now and for years to come as the garden matures. We commenced clearing the old apple orchard at the front of the house and ground works began in 2006. Melissa created a dry stone wall and Bill completing the pergola and the rose arbour. We were then ready to form the beds and commence the first plantings, which were completed in January 2007. In 2009 we dismantled a 1880’s slab Shepard’s hut piece by piece and rebuilt the hut in the garden. Now flanked by Callistemons it is the perfect setting for wedding photos.
Looking back now it is hard to believe that we have achieved a mix of history and a formal cottage garden, which covers over 1 acre and with over 2000 plants with approximately 80 different species all under trickle irrigation.