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Secret Gardens On Display at Mount Wilson Festival

Archived 12 May 2015 - Posted: 11 Apr 2015
Carmarthen - opening to the public for the Autumn Festival Sat 18th April 2015
Secret gardens not seen before, along with market stalls, local artisans, delicious food and speakers will all feature at the 2015 Mount Wilson Autumn Festival. The event takes place on Saturday, 18 April.

The festival, which takes place every year, will raise money for the Mt Wilson Progress Association towards maintaining the local village.


Markets and Food

This will be held in the Village Hall from 9am to 4.30pm. Stalls include garden ornaments and tools, wooden goods, arts and crafts, cool climate plants, home produce and much much more. Enjoy morning and afternoon teas, light lunches and home made sweet treats in our pop-up cafe, then take home some home made produce, cakes, slices and biscuits from our village stall.

Bay Tree Nursery - Plants and garden supplies
Carroll's Gardens Mt Tomah - Plants
Clover Hill Rare Plants - Plants
Estate Gardening - Garden tools, gloves, accessories
Hills Farm Equipment - Farm mowers and equipment
Philip Johnson - Photos
George Mayne - Jams, handmade clothes, plants and bulbs
Metalart Garden - Metal sculptures
Originally Nic - Ceramics, Garden art
Pashminas From Pakistan - Shawls
Pre Loved Garden Books - Books
Fiona Roderick - Linocuts and Tea Towels
Windyridge Gardens - Plants
Bev Woodman - Photos, Cards and Books
Yoshimi Origami - Paper flowers and bouquets


Open Gardens

Open gardens will include some open for the very first time(*). Gardens open are Nooroo, Merry Garth, Jalscene, Bisley, Wildenstein, Wollemi and Carmarthen. 

NOOROO The Avenue, Parking on The Avenue

Established in 1880, Nooroo is a historic park-like garden with many mature trees including chestnuts, oaks, ash, cedars and maples all with autumn colour. The trees are complemented by massed underplantings of rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas and thousands of white nerines.

MERRY GARTH Davies Lane, Parking on Wynstay's Paddock

Owned by Libby & Keith Raines, Merry Garth is a wonderful serene cold climate garden & rare plant nursery. Paths wind through a garden where beds are filled with many rare trees, magnolias, camellias and rhododendrons under planted with alpine groundcovers and bulbs—crocus, nerines and cyclamen feature in autumn

JALSCENE* Davies Lane, Parking on Wynstay's Paddock

Owned by John & Judy Teulon, Jalscene is a true mountain garden with meandering paths where telopea trees, including many rare specimens, are underplanted with rhododendrons and camellias — a very special place!

BISLEY Enter from Mt Irvine Road, Parking at Bisley

Owned by Graham & Beverly Thompson, Bisley is a park-like garden where many mature trees and 2 lakes provide an amazing autumn scene.

WILDENSTEIN* Enter from Mt Irvine Road, Parking at Bisley

Owned by James and Annemie Stein—Wildenstein features a magnificent park like garden with superb vistas and cleverly designed hedged rooms with exotic and rare plantings. Don't forget to look out for the indian runner ducks on the romantic pond.

WOLLEMI* Wynnes Rocks Road, Parking at Wynnes Rocks Lookout

(No disabled access)

Wollemi has been developed by Marilyn & Peter Laving to blend seamlessly into its rugged basalt ridge surroundings overlooking Mt Victoria, Blackheath and Katoomba. There is a distinct Mediterranean feel about the garden featuring extensive stone walls, grassed terraces, conifers and a magnificent stand of Mountain Ash. A large rockery commands an impressive view of the zig zag leading into Mt Wilson.

CARMARTHEN* Wynnes Rocks Road, Parking at Wynnes Rocks Lookout

(No disabled access)

Carmarthen is a maturing mountain-side garden designed to flow with the sloping landscape. Created 21 years ago with family in mind, this beautiful garden is full of play and folly.


Garden Entry

Tickets available at the Village Hall or at the gates to these gardens. CASH ONLY on the day.

$15.00 for 2 Gardens grouped together in the same street or $8.00 for individual gardens. 


Nooroo entry fee is $8.00.

* Garden opening for the first time to the public


Speakers Forum


Michael Bates, Megan Halcroft, Paul Kirkpatrick, and Barbara Landsberg will be speaking at the Study Centre at the old Mt Wilson Schoolhouse. Spaces are limited so be sure to book.

10:30am MICHAEL BATES

"The Sydney school of garden design: Crafting spaces for 20th century living—from the mountains to the sea." The new guard of garden designers creating exciting new gardens.

11:30am MEGAN HALCROFT

"Australian Native Bees—their importance in our ecosystems" Native bees—their role in biodiversity and pollination; Learn about Australia's1600 species of native bees

Lunch Break 12:30pm—1:30pm
1:30pm PAUL KIRKPATRICK

"French Romantic and Formal Potagers of the past and present" - Inspiration from French ornamental vegetable gardens.

2:30pm BARBARA LANDSBERG

"Place Making" garden places; planning/redesign considerations—usage, history, environment.


For further information and broader descriptions please visit our event page on Facebook.

Limited tickets available—book and pay via TryBooking :
www.trybooking.com/126390 (for Speakers Forum Tickets)
www.trybooking.com/126739 (for Garden Tickets)
Enquiries to Elizabeth on 0299880242
1-3 sessions $20/session, all 4 sessions $60. 

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