GARDEN lovers will gather in the Highlands this April for Town and Country Open Gardens.
With eight very different autumn gardens on display on April 26 and 27, there will be plenty of ideas for people with blocks of all sizes.
Not only will there be plenty of ideas on offer, but the plants to go with them at the Quindalup pop-up nursery on Sproules Lane, Bowral.
It is only open once per year for the weekend of Town and Country Gardens.
Garden enthusiasts look forward to many rare, unusual and hard to find plants.
There are salvias in every shade of blue, perennials to create long borders and rare Daffodils that will be spring garden treasures.
Unusual maples are popular and oak leaf hydrangea (H. Quercifolia) produce ruby red autumn colour.
All plant material comes from local gardens and is propagated by trained volunteers who have carefully nurtured them to perfection.
Friends of Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens (SHBG) have a dedicated Propagators Team headed by Dr Di Grant and Mr Les Musgrave who have worked tirelessly to ensure the finest quality plants are available with plenty of information about the best position and climate to grow them in.
The Quindalup pop-up nursery is the biggest fundraiser for SHBG along with gate takings at the different gardens.
Each year, Town and Country Gardens focuses on new gardens and Carolyn Dwyer from SHBG Friends Committee said the three properties of Oldbury Vale, Oldbury Cottage and Oldbury Farm, were the highlight of 2014.
"Oldbury has only rarely been opened for private functions because it is privately owned so it will the showpiece.
"There is even a shuttle bus to take people around the three gardens with a floral display in the original Woolshed," she said.
For ticket information and garden addresses visit www.shbg.com.au
Gardens on display
BELOW is a description of the gardens on display this year.
• Oldbury is the oldest stone house in the district, surrounded by a tranquil parkland garden within this intact colonial landscape.
• Oldbury Vale is a new residence with a modern garden featuring dryland grasses etc.
• Oldbury Cottage has recently been restored and surrounded with a sympathetic garden.
• Allways, Exeter. A large garden featuring roses, shady woodland, Hydrangea collection and veggie garden.
• Benbullen, Manchester Square. A hilltop garden with magnificent views across the district. Features many New Zealand plants among the perennial borders.
• Quindalup, Bowral. Site for pop-up nursery.
• “Gowan Brae”, Burradoo. An 1890s cottage surrounded by a 20 year old garden featuring wide borders, heritage roses, a prolific veggie garden and a topiary garden.