1857 Bylong Valley Way, Kandos Opposite Henbury golf course, just north of Kandos Pool
Starting with an almost bare landscape, Peter and Bonnie took into account drainage, soil, heat and frost in selecting and planting their two-acre garden. This has resulted in a flourishing mix of native, exotic, hardy and edible plants. They have created a waterwise environment through rainwater collection, extensive mulching and drip irrigation; and they source waste materials to fertilise their garden and create inspired garden art.
Wander through the native garden at the front and an extensive parkland at the rear, including an elf garden, unusual paths, unique garden art and numerous ponds. Feel free to amble into the sheep and chook paddock where you can peep into the propagation room and hot house.
Don’t forget to visit the extensive vegetable garden plots, the orchard and frost-sensitive room on the southern side of the house. And when you are tired, rest on one of the many garden seats.
6121 Castlereagh Highway, Running Stream
Rae and Guy Sim built their house and began planting this sweeping nine-acre garden 12 years ago. Guy is the structural builder and designer and you will see his handiwork in water courses, rock culverts, climbing frames, stonework, terraces and well-placed, eye-catching sculptural pieces. Rae is the green-fingered artist, designing, planting and nurturing a spectacular range of trees (deciduous, fruiting and native) and bushes; as well as perennials, bulbs, succulents and annuals in pots, beds and paddocks. Their garden continues to evolve, relying on spring water pumped up to two 22,500 litre tanks sitting near the highway.
Meaning the spirit of the northwest wind, “Keewaydin” has its origin in the story of Hiawatha. Great location and first garden to visit for those travelling from Lithgow, Sydney or the Blue Mountains.
Morning and afternoon teas and light lunches will be served by Ilford/Running Stream CWA.
The popular biennial Kandos Gardens Fair is back again and not to be missed by garden lovers. Put Saturday and Sunday 7 & 8 April 2018 in your diaries!
This is our fifth Kandos Gardens Fair and will not disappoint enthusiastic gardeners. The theme is “Every garden tells a story…” and we have a diverse range of wonderful gardens open for our visitors. Eleven town and country gardens will represent the Kandos Rylstone area – they range from iconic pastoral properties, to town gardens and even a Convent. Different gardens, different locations, different styles.
Of course there will be guest speakers, workshops and demonstrations to participate in. As well as a wide variety of market stalls and entertainment and exhibitions at the various properties.
So much to take in! We recommend scheduling the full weekend to make the most of this exciting event.
If you’re interested in holding a market stall in one of the wonderful gardens, please contact us and we’ll let you know details.
We look forward to seeing you in 2018.
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
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.
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)