In the Beautiful Blue Mountains

30 September - 8 October 2017

Our Gardens

The 2016 Festival featured thirteen gardens, three more than the previous year.  Of the thirteen gardens three were new to the festival, several were returning after a break, including visitor favourite Blue Vista, with its stunning views. Enjoy the images and descriptions below of the 2016 Gardens - watch this website for information about Festival 2017.

Gardens 1,2,6,8,11 and 13 can be at least partially accessed by wheelchair.  There is no charge for people confined to wheelchairs.

Ilion is a layered garden which sweeps the street front with a magnificent New Dawn rose hedge. The footprint of the old garden has been preserved through various trees, roses and shrubs however Ilion’s garden was changed from a residential garden into principally an office garden about eight years ago.

Sue Harris and Ron Powell bought Rob Roy in 2004 after many months searching for a typical mountains cottage with an established garden. They learned that Rob Roy had been the home of noted mountains gardener, Colin Slade, through the 1970s and ‘80s. 

Rustlings is a 95-year-old garden acquired by Peter and Claudia Fisk in 2000. Over a ten-year period Peter transformed it to create a wonderfully peaceful landscape with many rooms, each with a different feel and mood.

Kookaburra Cottage is a labour of love, added to over generations, with the current owners welcoming you to enjoy its latest incarnation.

The property itself dates back to c1904 with historical influences being an essential part of the garden as is the overall design utilising enclosed spaces to give the illusion of greater size.

We have two gardens open for the Festival - the Lady Fairfax Garden and the Margaret Stevens Garden.

The planting of this magnificent garden was begun by the Cox family in the 1950's, but the design today is largely attributable to the present owners, Robert Brain and Neal Blewett. This is a natural garden, shaded by mature trees, with rooms and corners and few, if any, traditional beds.

Tandella covers an acre of gently sloping, north-facing land. Over the last 12 years the owners have worked towards reconstructing a park-like, “open plan” garden. Tall trees are a feature particularly on the northern edge with towering eucalyptus and black poplars.

We built on the bones of the existing garden, aiming for a stylish manicured look with plants chosen for impact rather than botanical interest.


Behind the pittosporum hedge at Tanglewood is a very private garden full of surprises.

Glenshiel is about an acre in size and was purchased by the current owners in 2009. The garden was a blank canvas with much bush needing to be cleared.

Everglades is the largest and most famous garden designed by Paul Sorensen, Australia's "Master Gardener".

Blue Vista is one of the original show gardens in Leura and has been included in this year's Leura Gardens Festival as a sentimental reminder of its history.

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