In the Beautiful Blue Mountains

Festival 2021

(Saturday - Monday)2nd - 4th October 2021

(Friday - Sunday)8th - 10th October 2021

Our Gardens

These are the gardens for 2021! Some new, some returning and all absolutely stunning.

The Braes Heritage Garden Estate is adjacent to the Blue Mountains World Heritage National Park and lies between an urban environment and a semi-rural one, with views to the Southern Highlands.  Its original land grants were allocated in 1882.  Please allow at least 45 minutes to view this extensive garden.

In 1910 a young couple, Alexander and Jane Knight, purchased the land (about 2 acres) that is now “Karoola”.

Much of the land was a well-watered hanging swamp and there they created a market garden and orchard. They erected the small cottage that still stands near the front entrance to the property.

 

 

 

This garden celebrates the climate of the Upper Blue Mountains with its four distinct seasons.  We were lucky 11 years ago to take custody of an established garden which had plenty of time, money and effort put into it over the previous decades.  We had our own views, of course, about what we wanted in our garden, and took the bones of the Knox garden to pare back and reshape.

 

 

Avila is a small garden approximately 12 years old.  The street verge is lined by Ginko biloba trees, which in spring burst forth in fresh bright foliage.  As you enter the garden a beautiful vista opens to the visitor.

 

 

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

Much like the resort itself, the Fairmont Resort gardens have seen significant rejuvenation over the past few years. The expansive garden area features many quiet sanctuaries accentuated by the three magnificent lakes.

 

The garden was created in the 1970s by Keith Knox, with “crazy paving” stone paths and walls being used to cut across a remarkably steep, east-facing site at the back of the property. The resulting vertical garden is simultaneously beautiful and challenging. 

 

Ewanrigg is a garden that encourages visitors to amble and explore its intricate network of pathways and steps while admiring the foresight and talent of its creator and those who have nurtured it since.

Fairways is an established garden, originally built in 1896 as one of Leura’s first guesthouses.

The best-known feature of St Annes has been its front hedge of Cypress pines, which appeared on ‘Burkes Backyard’ and as an exemplar of its kind in gardening magazines and horticultural manuals.

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".

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