Gosford District Open Gardens weekend draws near

Jim and Sandra Hastings in their Terrigal garden

More of the Coasts most stunning gardens have been revealed as the inaugural Gosford District Open Gardens weekend draws near.

An initiative of the Gosford District Open Gardens Committee, the weekend of September 28-29 will see 10 gardens around the Central Coast opened to the public. Gosford area residents are in for a treat with three of the 10 located within the immediate area.

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“Special gardens not to be missed are a spectacular succulent garden in Terrigal, a sandstone hill garden in Kariong and an exotic garden at Forresters Beach”, said Committee President, Dot Kite.

The Terrigal garden was created almost wholly from cuttings from friends, and being easy care and water wise, it offers lots of ideas on how to still have a colourful garden even in this changing climate.

Graham and Jacqui Maxwell have made their Kariong garden into a peaceful haven using the giant rocks of the sandstone hill as a feature and planting palms, ferns and other Mediterranean plants, complete with a rippling watercourse leading to a pond which gives visitors a sense of calm and reflection, whilst taking in the views over Brisbane Waters.

This garden exhibits just what can be achieved on a very difficult block of land. The Forresters Beach garden belongs to renowned garden designer, Peter Nixon, who is well known for his innovative use of exotic and unusual plants, and a mustsee is the large greenwall that dominates his patio, Kite said.

“This event is a showcase for our Central Coast and I am hopeful that the community will take the opportunity to visit the gardens to gather ideas to incorporate into their own gardens, from chatting to the garden owners or simply to get to know the different areas of the Central Coast and to admire the beauty of the gardens”, she added.

The event is supporting the Elsies Retreat palliative care campaign. Details about each of the open gardens including a map, is available at the Gosford Open Gardens website.

Source: Media release, Sep 16 Dot Kite, Gosford District Open Gardens Committee

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