115 Coxs Creek Trail (17 km along Coxs Creek Road)
Wombat Gully is a 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 and an artist’s studio.
The poured earth house has 40cm wide walls which provide insulation and indoor temperatures of 20 degrees (without air conditioning or fans!). Solar power is used exclusively and there is a composting toilet. Note the fire retardant plants and a fernery. Also the art work and other artistic features, including mosaics.
Saturday & Sunday 11am: Demonstation – propagating native plants from seeds and cuttings. Saturday & Sunday 2pm: Sustainable house tour. Devonshire teas available.
Native plant nursery – plants for sale.
Both properties are located 5 minutes from Rylstone on the Cudgegong Road, between Rylstone and the Castlereagh Highway
It’s no surprise this garden won The Sydney Morning Herald Garden Prize in 1967. Sweeping lawns dotted with well-established trees, such as golden elm and desert ash, are bordered with lush garden beds (planted three years ago) to provide a gentle, shady retreat. An edge of Elina roses – a subtle cream – frames the house. This garden is being renewed in a grand style. One can imagine a table set with white linen and Royal Albert ‘country roses’.
Morning & afternoon teas and lunch will be provided by the Rylstone Hospital Pink Ladies, as will the produce table.
Sunday 11am: Fiona Ogilvie talk – Using autumn and winter to prepare a garden for a harsh environment.
Windy Hill Nursery.
Alex Schiebner sculptures.
Coomber Guest House
This garden also has the charm of an English country garden, with sweeping lawns under shady trees bordered by colourful garden beds. The original trees were planted by Tim and Helen Evans in the 1960s: pin oaks, lindens, English elms, liquidambars and plane trees. The garden sits beautifully in a farming landscape providing a 360° view of soft hills and fertile paddocks.
The guest house provides attractive accommodation for 12 people and has a pool, cubby house and chooks.
This beautiful parkland retreat of one and a half acres is a haven for wildlife. A mixture of native and hardy introduced species have been chosen for texture and colour and placed to suit soil and drainage, demonstrating a lovely mix of native and exotic in a waterwise environment. Bonnie and Peter are meticulous in their maintenance and enjoy the process of developing their garden. The raised home veggie garden is constructed from recycled water tanks and provides produce for delicious eating and home processing. There is a small hothouse for propagating seeds for veggies and native plants.
Stalls: pickles and jam, treasure table, plants and seedlings, leather goods
Gardening enthusiasts, be warned! You have two big days ahead on the 2 and 3 April with the CWA Kandos Gardens Fair. Twelve local gardens, guest speakers including ABC Gardening Australia’s own Costa Georgiadis, Garden Markets, workshops and walking tours, just to name some of the events. As well as a train trip from Lithgow and back. Refreshments and lunch available.
A full program of the activities to help you plan your visit is available here.
CWA Kandos Gardens Fair Program 2016
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.
Ludwig 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.
His 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.
Sausage Sizzle, tea/coffee.
Kandos 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.
Mary’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.
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.
Three 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.
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.
Step 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.
There will be an exhibition of paintings by Fran Weidensach and lino prints by Virginia as well as a cheese-making demonstration.
Winton 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.
June and Brian Keech 23 Rodgers Street Kandos
A 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)