The garden gates of eight beautiful properties will be thrown open this Saturday and Sunday for the Eden Lionesses’ Open Garden weekend.
The gardens are all different and all special in their own way.
A map will lead you along the garden trail, and at just $10 to view all gardens, it’s a very economical day out for visitors and locals.
The Dunne family’s garden enjoys ocean views and a southerly aspect and over many years has developed into an inviting peaceful oasis, blending in with the native bushland of Eden.
With waterfalls, rockwalls, boulders, curved garden beds, large trees to small shrubs and manicured lawns, this is a garden to inspire.
The Lambourns’ garden has a nautical theme and has been lovingly developed over a period of 20 years.
A stone’s throw from the ocean, the garden harbours huge anchors, chains, portholes, a ship’s capstan, binnacles and steering wheels as garden ornaments.
The garden planting includes palms, cycads, yakkas, grasstrees, rock orchids and ferns, all surrounded by manicured lawns.
The Kennedys’ garden at Ida Rodd Drive features sandstone throughout along with original art works and wrought iron.
The front and back areas are quite different due to their aspects, with the back featuring citrus trees, grapes and bougainvillea.
The back lawn is a golf putting green, surrounded by herb and vegetable gardens, fruit trees, a waterfall tinkling into a pond, large Cambodian style oven/open fire, gazebo and spa.
Hydroponics, roses and chickens are hidden by the greenhouse.
Gloria Sebley’s garden in Maling Street is a small but charming cottage garden with a welcoming atmosphere.
The Polak’s garden in Yule Street is a well maintained 25-year-old garden overlooking the ocean, meandering from the nature strip to the cliff edge.
Fully grown pittosporums, conifers, banksias and palms shelter the more delicate species of camellias, azaleas and daisies.
The Stricklans’ Garden is built on a 45 degree angle, and was rebuilt from a tangled mass of blackberry.
Today it is an eclectic mix of large ferns, existing palms and tea trees, natives, prostrate juniper and flowering plants.
Journey to Nethercote, to the Stroud family’s garden Serendipity.
When they bought the 40-acre property eight years ago, the Strouds moved into a small 70s style concrete-sheet bungalow set amidst a few mature foundation trees overlooking a lovely apple and pear orchard, and some cow paddocks.
Today, the extended house sits amidst an oasis of green made up of interconnecting garden “rooms”, interspersed with all you need to be sustainable: veggie gardens, chook runs and multiple orchards.