Hidden behind a high photinia hedge is Hillgrove House with its 5 acres of established gardens on the northern outskirts of Mudgee. On entering along the gravel driveway, the simple beauty of shaped shrubs under towering trees make a powerful statement- that this is a very special garden.
There are plenty of spring-flowering ornamentals to lift the spirits as the cold weather begins its retreat.
Mudgee’s legendary clear blue sky is a beautiful backdrop against which to view the topmost blossoms of these venerable old trees.
It’s a pleasure to wander and explore winding pathways, between broad, open spaces and densely planted garden beds. There is so much to this garden, so I have chosen to present just a few of the highlights seen at the recent Mudgee Garden Spectacular.
On a gently sloping block, the garden extends from eucalypt-scented Australian native plantings at the top, down to an iris-fringed pond at the bottom of the garden. A cobbled stream cascades down the hillside to feed this irresistible water garden.
Along the way you will discover a formal rose garden, bordered by a Buxus hedge, bursting with mature specimens.
Dotted all through this well-established garden are tall trees- including Bunya Pine, Himalayan Cedar, oaks and Swamp Cypress.
The garden beds are lovingly cared for, and protected by a thick layer of nourishing lucerne hay mulch.
Elegant sculptures and ornaments are scattered sparingly throughout.
Everywhere there is a sense of space and serenity.
Occasional blasts of vibrant colour have a big impact.
This garden is a credit to the visionary owners and gardeners who have created it.