Garden delights

It’s hard to find a happier crowd than those taking the time to stroll through some of the premier gardens in our region. Join the Maitland Garden Ramble on 21 and 22 September.

And why wouldn’t they be happy, taking a few hours to quietly amble through magnificently constructed arbours, and admiring beds of flowering bulbs or massed natives brimming with bees. Seldom will you find a stressed gardener they reckon. Every year in Maitland for 36 years, dedicated gardeners have thrown open their homes and properties to the Maitland Black and White Committee in the name of charity – raising much needed funds for Vision Australia programs here in the Hunter.

The Black and White Committee invite the community along to the twoday Garden Ramble, showcasing the district’s best gardens, along with great food, art and atmosphere – in what has become an annual local highlight. This year over the weekend of 21 and 22 September, eight gardens will be open for your enjoyment. These run from very traditional and historically important properties through to family backyard delights, and very modern sculptural creations.

“We want everyone to be able to find a garden, or a space within a garden that speaks to them and provides them with some joy each year. This year, everything will be on show from the small and beautifully curated, through to the large structural gardens,” says Black and White Committee President Heather McLaren.

Over the two days, gardens from Largs, Bolwarra, Windella, Rathluba and Anambah will be open, providing a leisurely trail close to Maitland. “It’s a beautiful mixture of old Maitland and new, we are so very thankful to everyone who has agreed to open their gardens up for the community to enjoy,” says Heather enthusiastically.

Although diverse in size and style, this year’s venues all provide a magnificent space for the community to enjoy, and maybe a bit of inspiration to get you itching for the trowel and heading to the nursery to enhance your own beautiful space. Either way, all of these gardens play a special role in the lives of the families who live there; and the generosity it takes to share them with the wider community in the name of charity, shows how kind the hearts of grand gardeners and backyard lovers can be.

Read more about the beautiful gardens that will open their gates for this year’s Maitland Garden Ramble in the Spring issue of Hunter&Coastal Lifestyle Magazine. Available in news agencies or subscribe here and never miss an issue.
Story: Penny Evans, photography Joshua Hogan (Anambah House) and courtesy of Maitland Garden Ramble