There will be several open gardens across the Granite Belt during the 2018 Apple & Grape Harvest Festival. Ranging from rambling acreage to small town properties, these gardens highlight the best of cool climate gardening.
Entry will be $5 per person per garden, pay at the gate.
The gardens will be open on the following days:
- Saturday 24 February from 10am-4pm
- Sunday 25 February from 9am-5pm
- Wednesday 28 February from 9am-5pm
- Thursday 1 March from 10am-4pm
- Friday 2 March from 10am-4pm
- Saturday 3 March from 10am-1pm
- Sunday 4 March from 10am-1pm
Bellflowers, 129 Ricca road Ballandean
“Bellflowers” is a colourful hilltop garden at Ballandean on the southern end of the Granite Belt. This emerging garden is young and vibrant. The rose garden welcomes you as the informal paths lead you past borders of shrubs and annuals. At the heart of the garden is a courtyard to sit and enjoy the view. Native plants surround a rock garden. There is plenty more to see and discover at this beautiful highland country garden.
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.
Located half-way between Warwick and Stanthorpe just off the New England Highway.
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.
Granite Gardens Cottages and Lake Retreat, 90 Nicholson Rd, Thorndale via Stanthorpe
Developed from an eroded sheep grazing property in 1990 covering 40 acres Granite Gardens is located just out side Stanthorpe. 5 acres has been developed as a private garden
Pathways of bollard lighting, large gold and silver lights are situated under the Willows, Elms and Gum trees, adding another dimension to this superb garden.
For the connoisseur, the dominance of David Austin roses throughout the garden is evidence of its diversity and beauty. Borders of Catmint and other plantings such as Agapanthus, Camellias, Magnolias, Geranium, Succulents, Perennials and hundreds of Bulbs compliment this informal botanical marvel.
The bird life is just as plentiful, many identified species has been recorded in the garden. Silver perch has been stocked in the lake, which divides the cottages area and the main garden. months. Little bridges, pathways and water features are another attraction for young and old to discover.
Situated 12 kms from Stanthorpe this property is now run as an accommodation provider with 3 cottages and a lake retreat, which is very popular for guests to stay in enjoy the environment and surrounding area.
The garden is a little oasis in the bush, (and not the botanical city style) but lovely space to wander at your leisure and enjoy for what it is
Tyrel Cottage, 4 Tyrell Street, Stanthorpe
Tyrel Cottage was built in the 1880’s and was purchased by the current owners in 2013. Following extensive renovation work to the building the owners took up permanent residence in July 2014.
The yard of the ½ acre property was overgrown with vines and several species of trees some of which were removed.
Noted landscape designer Carolyn Robinson was engaged and, along with input from the owners, the design and layout was developed.
Construction of the garden commenced in April 2015 and final plantings took place in December 2017.
To establish garden beds, because of the rocky outcrops on the property, several dry rock walls were constructed by the owners with the able assistance and input of local rock wall expert Steve Green. In excess of 120 cubic metres of garden soil and 70 cubic metres of mushroom compost along with a combination of granite rock, lucerne and sugar cane mulch have been used to establish the gardens.
With thanks to the following businesses for sponsoring the Open Gardens
- Howard & Sons
- Four Seasons Nursery
- Cherry Lane Nursery
- Walls Sand and Gravel