A Visit to Shirley

I just love Australia’s Open Garden Scheme. When we lived in Sydney our cottage garden “Allways” was part of the scheme. When ever I visit another garden I remember just how much hard work and passion has gone into creating a week-end visit which visitors will enjoy. It is wonderful to meet the visitors and to see your garden full of enthusiastic gardeners lovers.

So on Saturday we got up early and travelled to Nimmitabel which is about one and half hours away from us, to visit “Shirley”. This house and garden is approximately 80 years old – so you know that there will be some beautiful large trees which will frame the garden space. I knew it would be a special garden. It has been in the same family for all those years. In 2006 the present owners, John and Sally-Ann Cottle approached garden designer Paul Bangay, http://www.paulbangay.com to help renovate the garden and to give them a master plan to gradually work through. The garden is expansive, very peaceful and incredibly beautiful and we came away with ideas for our garden here at “Wren’s Nest”. It was a lovely morning.

Here are some pictures of our visit.

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You can go and stay at “Shirley” in the original overseers cottage. http://www.shirleygardenretreat.com.au

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