Spring Garden Season: Open Friday to Monday – 10 am to 4 pm from Friday, August 11, 2017 continuing until Monday, November 6, 2017 - all public holidays included
Wildwood is a garden in Bilpin which has been developing for more than 30 years due to the efforts & skills of Wayne & Sue Tapping who bought the land in the early eighties.
They chose the name Wildwood as their plan was to make a formal garden without losing the wildness of the native landscape. They have decided that the property has now got to the stage that it should be available for everyone to appreciate.
Situated in the heart of Bilpin amid the orchards & tall trees of the Blue Mountains it is a large garden many would love to explore.
It is not just a place to wander in and enjoy the plantings as it has a café with fabulous views, a gift shop & specialist nursery with treasures propogated from plants in the garden.
There is a cherry walk, dogwoods & other blossom trees, camellias, azaleas, massed clivia, & hellebore, hydrangea, deciduous trees that are spectacular in autumn & ferns that surround a magnificent waterfall with ponds.
There is also a large lake surrounded by lawns & topiary where you can picnic. It has sweeping views, deep volcanic soil, bore water & is a delightful place to visit at any time of year.
They began this garden more than 30 years ago & also opened a retail nursery at nearby North Richmond. The Nursery closed in 2010, allowing the couple to pursue their dream of an open garden with gift shop, nursery & café.
This 5 hectare garden nestles among 10ha of towering native trees. It is set on a gentle slope with broad, crushed granite paths that meander beside a waterfall & ponds then beneath the trees & across sweeping lawns to a tranquil lake. Seats are scattered throughout to encourage visitors to relax & enjoy the atmosphere.
Wildwood’s café serve morning & afternoon teas, snacks & light lunches with delicious sandwiches, salads, cakes, pastries & season specials. There is a selection of homemade goodies which are scrumptious but be sure not to miss out on the Wildwood’s very own homemade apple pie – it is just so delicious. Enjoy a panoramic view over the garden from the café verandah. Visitors are also welcome to picnic by the lake.
The Gift shop and nursery is well stocked with appealing gift ware & local products. The nursery has a range of plants, many of which are propagated from those which are growing in the garden including some rare & unusual finds. You are sure to find something special here
From an Article by Jennifer Stackhouse, Wildwood Open
We are open 9am - 5pm , 7 days per week.
Here at Canoelands orchard we are aiming to give the public the opportunity to buy direct from the farmer.
We Harvest tomatoes March April May June.
We Harvest passion fruit May June July and possibly January February
Stone fruit PYO is all of November, December and early January so we will remain open 7 days during all harvests.
We have, honey, jam and chutney all year round and we offer school excursions and tours all year on bee keeping, farm practices and sustainable farming.
Our main produce is nectarines but we also grow plums and peaches.
We will be offering pick your own nectarines,plums, peaches, tomatoes, passionfruit
We will let you know as each type of Fruit comes into season, so keep in touch. We will have plums in our stall around the 20th of November. They are yellow flesh candy plums and our Lewis blood plums come in over Christmas/new year
We will also offer farm tours so you can see how it all happens.
We want you to come and experience the aroma of the fruit and enjoy the background of where it comes from.
We have a stall on the property where we sell our fresh produce and our own honey and jewellery. We have coffee, snacks, icecreams and drinks also available. Come and relax, bring a picnic along if you like.
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Closed for picking mandarins but will re-open late May 2018. Check our website for further information.
Ford's Farm is currently closed for the 2017 season. We will re-open in late May 2018 and hope to see you then.
Ford’s Farm is a Pick Your Own citrus orchard specialising in Mandarins. Our first mandarin of the season is the Satsuma, a seedless variety, easy to peel, full of juice and very popular with children. This year there is a smaller crop, but still plenty to pick. The Imperials will also be ready, but improve the longer left on the tree and will be at their best in June.
Ford’s Farm is nestled on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, 15 minutes from Wiseman’s Ferry. The citrus orchard was established over 50 years ago by the Ford family (some original trees still produce fruit – the Emperor Mandarins). It has been a Pick Your Own orchard for over 14 years and has developed with help from our customers.
We will re-open late May 2018 every weekend and public holidays from 10am to 4pm until all the fruit has gone.
Unfortunately due to heavy traffic in the area and the condition of the roads we can no longer cater for large coaches. Small buses are welcome on weekends as long as a booking is made.
We cater for International Tour Groups who wish to visit the farm for educational purposes outside the season. Phone for more information on these tours.
We look forward to welcoming visitors to pick mandarins, oranges, lemons, limes and in July cumquats.
There is an entry fee of $5.00 per car, thereafter you only pay for what you pick, we charge by the kg.
We have a picnic area set aside for you to sit and enjoy the quiet bush surroundings. Take a stroll through the orchard to visit and feed our sheep once you have had your picnic.
Visit our “shed” for jams, chutney, cordial and honey all from produce grown on the farm. The year we have infused vinegars and infused oils such as garlic, chilli and rosemary, along with infused salts and sugars for the adventurous cook.