Saturday, October 27, 2012


An open day was held here last Sunday to  raise money for the local hospital. The weather was gorgeous, not too hot and people kept coming and coming. Lots of different things to eat but we didn't go until after lunch.


 This garden has to be the best private garden I have seen. It is nestled at the foot of the Strathbogie Ranges in the NE of Victoria. It was settled in the very early days...again for Australia and was very involved in the establishment of the wool industry. A very brave widow in Scotland travelled to Spain and with her brother imported some of the first merino sheep to Australia. The garden consists of 12 acres and has many very  old...and huge...trees, lots of lawns and with beautiful views out to the hills beyond.


 The wood shed, above and below. The computer is behaving badly, it won't let me add writing at the bottom of the blog to tell you more so will have to write here. The huge 'tank' is the original water tower. They had to pump water into this tank from below, I'm not sure whether thy had flowing springs or a stream  there. This was to get enough water pressure with which to water the garden.

And the chapel! Imagine getting married here, looking out the window above the altar as they do still to this day. Magnicfent views!
These large properties were set up as a little village, everything they needed would be there, stables, blacksmith shop, cottages for the workers and the large Georgian mansion that the owners built for them- selves. 
Have a great weekend and I will see you soon!

1 comment:

  1. Gorgeous photos. I do so love Open Gardens and finding inspiration from what other people have been doing in their gardens. For a minute when I started reading you post I though you were saying the Open Garden was at your property. Now that would have been something, i.e. a lot of hard work.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Anne xx