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Blue Mountains Botanic Garden: Mount Tomah

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The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden is open every day except Christmas Day.
Monday - Friday: 9.00 am - 5.30 pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 9.30 am - 5.30 pm
Entry is free
No pets allowed in the Garden
Enquiries 02 4567 3000

This breathtaking Garden is the only botanic garden in the world located in a World Heritage Area. Focused on the conservation of cool climate plants it is home to 21,000 plants and 900 species. Located under 2-hours’ drive from Sydney airport and less than an hour from Penrith and Richmond, the Garden is the perfect backdrop for a gathering, workshop or family day out.

Wildwood Garden

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Autumn Garden Season: Open Friday to Monday – 10 am to 4 pm from Friday, March 23, 2018 continuing until Monday, June 11, 2018 - all public holidays included

We are closed right now. Reopening Fri, 23rd March, 2018. Salvia Shows April 14th & 15th along with 21st & 22nd. Now taking group bookings for the coming season. Ent fees on opening adults $10 conc and student $8, children under 16 free

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

S & P Dominello Flower Growers

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For 36 years, 3rd generation farmers, Sam and Phil Dominello have specialised in growing the best cut flowers on the Central Coast of NSW.

Secret Garden and Nursery

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Open Monday to Saturday 9 to 5. (Closed Sunday)
Located on Clydesdale Lane, Western Sydney University - Richmond (enter Vines Drive off Londonderry Road)

A wonderful community hub and retail nursery set on 25 beautiful acres incorporating Riding for the Disabled and Men’s Shed, with farmyard animals, fairy garden and a unique children’s playground.

Run by North West Disability Services, a not-for-profit organisation, our focus is horticultural therapy offering a safe, supportive and educational environment for people with a range of abilities.

All sales support disability and horticultural therapy programs at the garden.

Other things to see and do while you're at The Secret Garden and Nursery
Take the historic walking tour of the campus and discover the Hawkesbury Agricultural College history and buildings
Visit the EarthCare Centre featuring permaculture gardens and sustainable living house

Sustainable Natives

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You can find us at these markets, or call us to make other arrangements.
Peats Ridge Country Markets - Saturday 10 June 2017, from 9am – 2pm | Berowra Community Markets (4-6 Alan Road) - 8am – 1pm
Swansea market - Quinnn Park Markets - Swansea - 8.00 am -1pm (every 4th Saturday of the month)

Sustainable Natives is a wholesale nursery located in Somersby, NSW on the central coast.
We specialise in tube stock to semi advanced plants, mainly native plants including finger limes, waratahs, banksias, grevilleas, grasses, and groundcovers.

If you are interested in starting up a native Australian Garden, or would like to purchase plants, give us a call!

Sustainable Natives is a member of the NGINA (Nursery & Garden Industry, NSW & ACT Ltd)  and AILDM (Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers) and Olga Blacha is a registered Landscape Architect with AILA - Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and can provide landscape plans for DA or for redevelopment work.

Warrah Biodynamic Farm and Farm Shop

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Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm
Saturday 9.00am – 3.00pm Closed Sundays

Established in 1965, Warrah Biodynamic Farm at Dural grows a wide range of certified biodynamic/organic seasonal produce, picked daily for sale in our Farm Shop. The shop is open 6 days a week and also sells certified organic meat, dairy and groceries from other local producers. We are a 45 minute drive from the Sydney CBD.

Warrah Biodynamic Farm has been certified biodynamic since 1993. The farm is part of the Warrah Society, a registered charity providing services to adults and children with disabilities in Sydney’s North West. The farm sits on around 7 acres at Dural, with the market garden comprising around 2 acres of production at any given time. The remaining land is used for crop rotation and grazing our two Jersey cows, Elka and Frangipani. We produce all the seedlings for the farm and a wide range of seasonal vegetable and herb seedlings for sale to the general public from our onsite production nursery.

The farm follows strict guidelines to ensure that all our produce is certified biodynamic with Australian Certified Organic (ACO). We do not use any pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or synthetic fertilisers. Our fields are picked daily to ensure that we have the freshest possible produce available in our onsite Farm Shop.

We grow a wide range of seasonal produce for sale in our Farm Shop with supplementary fresh produce, meat, dairy and groceries provided by other certified organic producers. We endeavour to stock items that are from boutique producers. The shop proudly stocks only certified organic or biodynamic produce from a range of producers throughout Australia and overseas ensuring that you can find everything you need in one place.

Town and Country Gardens

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The Garden and Nursery, at Woodgreen, is open, by appointment from 1 October to 15 May, to horticultural groups of more than 10 individuals. Entry $8 per person.

Rare, unusal and old fashioned ornamental and edible plants sourced from the garden at "Woodgreen" Bilpin.

Peta Trahar's interest has always been in the more interesting and unusual plant species, including those with variegated foliage.

The Woodgreen garden is a product of her collecting since establishing a first garden in the 1970s. It is now the source of the plants in the nursery. The range offered includes perennials, shrubs and bulbs among others. Many are rare.

Occasionally Peta takes her plants to selected festivals.

I've been growing and selling my plants on and off for many years but have now decided to focus my time on building up a collection from the garden here at Woodgreen, Bilpin, NSW. Bilpin, in the Blue Mountains, is approximately 650 metres above sea level and 100 km inland from the Sydney CBD.

We experience four distinct seasons with temperatures up to high 30's celcius in Summer and to below freezing, occasionally, in Winter. True alpines and tropicals are not grown. Otherwise we have a wide range of plants.

Parts of the garden are in full sun, other areas are quite shady. There are also sections under deciduous trees. I have lots of choices as to where to plant.

I have always sought out small specialist nurseries. Early on, dare I say in the late 1970's and 80's, Somerset Cottage at Dural owned by Rosemary and John Hemphill was a favourite. So too, Ken Gillanders' 'Woodbank' in Tasmania. Imagine how honoured I was when Rosemary Hemphill asked me to design and construct her new garden at Bowen Mountain after she and John moved from Dural.

My interest in unusual plants led, along with Beth Stokes and my husband Peter, to the highly regarded Collectors' Plant Fair. See www.collectorsplantfair.com. Ken Gillanders was a popular speaker at the 5th Fair. So too was Dan Hinkley, renowned horticulturist and plant hunter from the USA, who owned the wonderful nursery, Heronswood. His current garden, 'Windcliff', near Seattle is an inspiration to me.

The Plants
My list includes trees, shrubs, many perennials, grasses and bulbs. For each entry I give a little information and often where I first located it. These days gardeners using the internet and good books can research a plants needs. For this reason I have not gone into great cultural detail.

I've always been interested in rare, unusual and old fashioned species, particularly if they have attractive foliage. Variegated plants are my weakness. I select and grow plants that give year round interest in the garden.

The plants offered for sale are sourced from my garden. Visitors can see the plant growing and discuss its cultural requirements with me.

Pot Sizes and Costs
Most of the plants are offered in 150 -200 mm pots. Many are cutting or seed grown so need potting on regularly. I do not grow huge numbers of any one species. I'd rather have a big variety
See the website www.petatraharnursery.com.au for the list of plants currently offered.

Pesticides and herbicides are not used, In fact it is common to find a frog sitting in a plant pot.

If a plant is very rare or slow to produce it will be priced accordingly. Generally a perennial in a 150 mm pot will cost $8 to $10. I currently do not offer mail orders, a visit to Bilpin is an enjoyable trip with the Botanic Gardens at Mt Tomah close by.