Horse Gap – An Australian Country Garden

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DSC08926Situated on Dunville Loop Road, most of this garden was planted by Jim and Merran over the last 40 years including a 40 year old wattle at the entrance. It is the outlook (a surrounding landscape of paddocks, hills, and sandstone cliffs) as well as the garden, which establishes this as an Australian Country Garden. It features many native plants, including a patch of bush, with yellow box, Blakeley’s red gum and a grove of grey gums.
DSC08896Some unique elements include a dry stone wall which was the inspiration for the Lizard Garden , and the “wedding rock” (three weddings have been held in this garden). There is a secret sunken paved garden with a still pond and peep hole and a water feature with ferns and gold fish A fully enclosed orchard with raised vegetable garden and chook run completes the productive area.
KandosGardenFair_Horsegap3The house was built in 1938 entirely of concrete from the footings up.
There will be a plant stall both days.

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Springvale – A Sculpture Garden and Courtyard

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With a backdrop of mature Kurrajong trees, rocky outcrops and rolling hills, Ludwig’s garden and courtyard is an enthralling outdoor assembly of contemporary sculpture on a grand scale.

DSC08845Ludwig Mlcek is an accomplished professional sculptor who works in metal, stone and timber. In collaboration with Rylstone Sculptures Inc., Ludwig initiated and convened the October 2015 Rylstone Sculpture Symposium. He has participated in the famous Bondi ‘Sculpture by the Sea’ on three occasions. You will be able to glimpse but not enter Ludwig’s impressive workshop studio.

DSC08872His garden, which is also home to a miniature pony, features a converted meat house (now an accommodation unit) with an intricately carved wooden door. There is a stone fruit orchard and vegetable gardens.

Over the weekend Ludwig will offer occasional walking/talking sculpture tours.

Sculptures for sale.

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A Terraced Town Garden with Remarkable Kandos Views

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KandosGardenFair_BuchananSt2Kandos Serviced Apartments is a low maintenance ornamental garden featuring white offset with pink. This garden without lawns was designed and planted in the last four years.

Gum trees shade the western wall of the buildings and provide shady retreats. Winter blooming white irises and summer blooming white iceberg roses ensure some floral interest all year round.

 

DSC08986Mary’s garden design complements the two modern, serviced apartments she has built on the steep site. She was inspired by the idea of creating and urban creek bed to deal with site drainage.

Stalls: white irises, after garden wear, grass heads and sparkling spring water.

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A Tree-Changer’s Paradise

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Rhonda describes herself as a novice gardener but demonstrates how to establish a thriving country cottage garden on a small budget. Taking tips from gardening programs and cuttings from other passionate gardeners, she has established a sustainable garden in her own piece of paradise, purchased less than a year ago.

DSC09021Three Isa Browns thrive on scraps in their kit-built pen and chicken run (made from recycled materials). She has re-established the lawn, planted fruit trees and assembled a compost heap, vegetable gardens and rockery. Most of her vegetables, flowers and shrubs are now grown from seeds and cuttings. A pergola and garden setting are a central focus and there are several shady retreats to enjoy a cup of tea and watch the birds.

Rhonda’s garden will also host a plant and craft stall (including terrariums, sun hat kits, hanging baskets) and bottled water will be available.

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Special Guests for the Garden Fair

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We are delighted to be hosting three wonderful gardening personalities as part of CWA Kandos Gardens Fair on 2 and 3 April 2016 – Costa Georgiadis, from ABC’s Gardening Australia, Fiona Ogilvie, gardening journalist from The Land and Diego Bonetto, wild food forager. A line-up that, along with the wonderful open gardens, makes this an essential booking for any garden lover.

Costa Georgiadis is the popular and mercurial host of ABC’s Gardening Australia. A landscape architect by trade, Costa shares his great enthusiasm and passion for gardening with others. He will be at the open gardens over Saturday and Sunday as well as visiting local schools whilst in the area. “Costa believes in embracing and celebrating mother nature’s cycles and seasons and nurturing her balance, beauty and bounty organically. His holistic approach is all about gardening the soil and the soul.” (ABC’s Gardening Australia website)

Fiona Ogilvie is well known to garden enthusiasts through her column in The Land and her book, A Country Garden. As a Central West gardener with an inspiring property near Bathurst, she is well-positioned to share her knowledge on “Gardening in a Harsh Environment”. Fiona will be giving talks at a number of open gardens over Saturday and Sunday.

Diego Bonetto is described as a “wild food forager”. He is an Italian artist, father, forager, speaker, keen naturalist and award winning cultural worker based in Sydney. Diego will be holding workshops and taking visitors on walking tours around Kandos, showing how to identify and use plants that are undervalued and unappreciated. Discover how to forage and feast in nature.

Along with 12 open gardens and a garden-themed market, CWA Kandos Gardens Fair is not to be missed.

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‘Winton’ – A Pioneer Garden

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One of the magical properties open for the CWA Kandos Gardens Fair is Virginia Handmer and Geoffrey Payne’s Winton on Coxs Creek Road, Rylstone.

DSC08824Step back in time to a cottage garden planted in the late 1800s by the Mills family. There are a number of very old trees including lilac, quince, peach and pear. Interesting features include a pond growing water chestnuts, vegetable gardens, an aviary, ducks (Indian Runners) and goats (Virginia makes her own cheese).

The house ‘Winton’, which will be open on the Saturday, is over 150 years old. It was built by the builder of Rylstone’s historic Bridge View Inn, with an extension built around 1900.

DSC08832There will be an exhibition of paintings by Fran Weidensach and lino prints by Virginia as well as a cheese-making demonstration.

DSC08821Winton is one of three gardens owned by artists along Coxs Creek Road that will be open for the Gardens Fair, making this a “must do” route for all keen gardeners over the weekend.

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Kandos Gardens Fair 2016- and so it comes again…

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On April 2 and 3 2016, Kandos will again showcase its gardens in the CWA Kandos Gardens Fair. And this time around we can promise it will be bigger and better than ever.

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Historic country cottages with Winton outside Rylstone

Over the weekend a dozen gardens will be open to the public – all diverse. From “in town” gardens to working properties, artist homes, newly established gardens and even a Convent. In addition, there will be lots to see and do.

We are so excited to announce that Costa Georgiadis, yes, from ABC Gardening, will be coming, as well as gardening writer, Fiona Ogilvie, who writes for The Land and Diego Bonetto, a “wild food forager”. All will be available and at gardens throughout the weekend.

In addition we have a Saturday Market, art trail and so much more for keen gardeners, including workshops and talks. A full program will be available shortly.

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Converted community halls offer surprises to every visitor

This time around, Kandos CWA are sponsoring the event and are actively involved in the organisation. The theme is “Gardening in a harsh environment” and the gardens will showcase how wonderful and different gardens can be established and flourish in an area with limited water, bitter frosts and real summers.

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Expansive country properties with resilient natives and handmade drystone walls

You’ll hear and find out lots more between now and 2 and 3 April but we would love to see you so put the dates in your calendar. We recommend taking the weekend to explore the full program and see all the gardens – in which case, book in accommodation early. The local Rylstone and Kandos website has lots of accommodation information.

We will see you all on 2 and 3 April 2016!

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St Dominic’s, the Good Samaritan Convent

Preview – a Courtyard Garden

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‘The Hall’ 
June and Brian Keech 23 Rodgers Street Kandos
June3A little over three years ago this small, unique, courtyard garden was a rough patch of kikuyu and weeds. An area was levelled and the workshop erected using recycled materials. The brief was to have a low maintenance and water efficient garden. A small rainwater tank supplies drinking water. The majority of plantings were ‘potted-up’ from the owners’ previous garden and chosen for their hardiness, diversity of foliage and variety of shapes and colours. Succulents, agaves and other desert plants sit happily amongst hardy trees and shrubs from the Mediterranean Region. Prominent throughout is Garden ‘Art’, all of which has been salvaged from tips and throw-aways and reinvented. It is an easy-care garden which looks good all year round. And the best feature for the owners? No lawn mower!

Attractions at the Hall:

  • Found Objects Stall
  • Basket Weaving & Floral Work
  • Ad-Hoc (recycled furniture for home and garden)

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Preview – Wombat Gully

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Wombat Gully is a native and rose garden nestled into the countryside at Cox’s Creek Road.

Drive out 17km along scenic Cox’s Creek Road and visit this sustainable house and conservation property. You will find lots to entertain you, including a native plant nursery and native gardens, a formal walled rose garden, vegetable garden and chook house; as well as an artist’s studio and exhibition (with works for sale). Carmel and Jorgen will be conducting workshops on chooks, propagation (from seeds and cuttings) and also tours of their beautiful poured earth home.

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Poet-tree in the Garden

At our last Kandos Gardens Fair in 2011 local poet Leanne Wicks invited
visitors to partake of poetry in the garden. She was in Margaret Casley’s
Whimsical Garden at Kandos. Throughout the day Leanne invited visitors to
enjoy poetry as she read poems, wrote poems and sold poems. 

This year Leanne has been working with Lue Public School students to create
a “Poet-tree”. In two of the gardens at the Kandos Gardens Fair visitors
will probably discover poems hanging in branches. They are invited to take
home a poem. 

Local poet Terry Yates will also be sharing poetry in the gardens. He had
two popular poetry reading sessions in a 2010 garden. The KGF program, now
in the planning, will have details about the time and place to enjoy some
poetry readings.