A garden with heart and soul

An Australian who led the way for women in broadcasting in America, and her American husband, who reported several major historic events of the twentieth century, have spent the last 17 years living in Mudgee and creating their dream garden. In 2001, with family bonds tugging at their heartstrings, Susan Bray and Ed DeLong left their home in Philadelphia and…

Mudgee in the Spring- fragrantissima bellissima!

Mudgee may be famous for its wine and honey, but for me, nothing beats its spectacular gardens. And if your dream garden involves sweet perfumes in the air, you should consider some of the of drought- and frost-tolerant plant types that, right now, are turning on the magic out here in the Central West. Roses…

Sculptures in the garden

Does your dream garden include an expanse of perfectly trimmed, lush green lawn? Or do you loathe the very idea of the time, effort, and watering, you’d need to invest, to achieve one? In the absence of picturesque groups of frolicking children, I don’t see much point in large expanses of lawn. That is, unless there are…

Love this garden!

This enchanting Mudgee garden greets the October visitor with a message: Welcome to Spring! A brilliant display of flowering perennials is powerfully attracting, and there are secrets and surprises to be discovered as well. The main entrance is dominated by the prodigious, brilliant white cascades of a bank of May bushes. The blossoms catch the sunlight, and the…

Let there be flowers, and fragrance!

When Spring arrives, my heart leaps. Suddenly I’m aware of bees, and perfume in the air. Blossom trees are everywhere- an avenue of white-flowered Manchurian pears on Church Street; pink prunus scattered all over town. But whilst all this is happening, one of mother nature’s megastars is putting on a stunning show of its own, in gardens all over Mudgee….

Bright jewels in the winter garden

Just when it seems winter is never going to end, mother nature lifts my spirits with the blossoming of the hellebore, or winter rose, in lovely shades of pink, purple, lemon yellow, green, magenta and almost black. These entice me back into the garden, and the ravages of winter fade into insignificance. Without cold conditions, there would be no hellebores! In Mudgee…