Saturday, 2 April 2016

YOU WILL LOVE THIS GARDEN


AN OPEN GARDEN
in the Southern Highlands
in aid of HEARTKIDS NSW


I had a very enjoyable day out recently, attending an open gardens day in aid of HEARTKIDS, a fund-raising organisation supporting children with congenital or acquired heart conditions.

My dear friend Trish Muir, opened her garden in support of this event and what a treat it was!  The immaculate, intimate garden that surrounds their pretty weatherboard house revealed all sorts of treasures!  The garden on their estate, Old Fernbrook Farm, was originally designed by  Peter Fudge .  Over the years, Trish has added numerous beautiful outbuildings, a barn, and many more garden features.  Trish is a lady of great style and impeccable taste and each and every piece in her garden has been found in places all over the world as well as here in Australia.  Trish enjoys commissioning Australian artists and is a great supporter of the local community as a whole. 



The covered entrance to the front door

One section of the covered veranda that wraps itself around the house

A charming vignette on the veranda. 


The incredible precision, depth and layering of the hedges are a feature in this garden.  


What a perfect spot to enjoy a cup of tea and a good book.

I adore this mossy stone table and particularly,  the oversized acorns.

Firewood at the ready outside the living room door.

Another mossy corner - I love the stone work on the chimney breast.

A gorgeous painted tin Magpie sitting on this rustic bench - handmade by Joe Vinks in the Southern Highlands.  
A pleasing display of Buxus in terracotta pots sitting pretty on another of Joe's creations.
Looking back towards the entrance from the beautiful stone table.

Giant Bay trees on either side of an entrance to the veranda. Imagine the Wisteria in spring!  Note the pair of tortoises on the bottom step.
Pleached trees standing knee deep in a boxwood hedge form the surrounds for the pond of remembrance seen below.



Probably an original entrance to the estate,  these quirky gates are so charming.

This handsome pigionaire is a new addition to the garden at Old Fernbrook farm. It has a 'shaker' look about it and stands very handsomely against the hedge...

I do love the heart shaped wreath that swings gently in the breeze...
This delightful arbor, flanked by stone orbs, forms the entrance to the pool seen below.  

Superb Espaliered apple against the tennis house.. I love the green of the hedge against the stone wall.

Behind the tennis house, looking back at the house.

Another view of the tennis house in this immaculate garden.. doesn't that stone plaque look great?
Sandstone pavers, Wisteria, Japanese Box, Teucrium and Silver Pears to the right.. a wonderful combination and yet simple in execution.

One of the many pairs of winged creatures that Trish has collected..

The Pear Walk looking out towards the farm

Looking back from the Pear Walk towards the house.

A closer view of the farm.

There are many birds that live sheltered lives in this garden and Trish loves them all.  There are birdbaths tucked in all over the garden.


Another birdhouse, Silver pears and perfect Japanese box orbs.


Some more spheres..

This Maple is growing in a huge pot and I love how the small leafed ivy has formed a skirt around it.



Aren't these scampering hens funny!!

Some more water placed for all creatures that live in the garden.  The Bay obelisks are very stately.

The beautiful barn .. I love the quintessential barn doors.. 




Such a charming little outbuilding. There are a few like this one around the farm.

I love the simplicity of that French concrete basket sitting beneath the tree...

Finally, a glimpse of my friend Trish in the blue dress, telling the story of Fernbrook Farm. I hope you've enjoyed this visit.  I will be featuring more gardens of the Southern Highlands in the coming months.

36 comments:

  1. Such a delightful garden, full of interest and charm. Beautifully photographed Jenny.

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    1. Thanks Jan ... It is a very special garden which I'm sure you know well! xx

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  2. What a beautiful garden and such wonderful attention to detail. Would love to see it in person one day. Thank you for sharing
    Marilyn xx

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    1. It will be easy to arrange Marilyn... hope you do visit one day! xx

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  3. Thank you for the beautiful tour!

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  4. Delightful garden Jenny, enjoyed it immensely. Sue Fogarty

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    1. Hi Sue .. so glad you enjoyed the photos! xx

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  5. Beautiful garden Jenny, those acorns I just adore .

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it Kim - adore those acorns too!! xx

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  6. Stunningly beautiful, Jenny! Those magpies look like the ones they used to sell in the Cottage at Berrima. Did you ever go there before it closed?
    Thank you for posting. Hope one day to be able see this wonderful garden. Best wishes, Pammie

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    1. Hi Pammie - Yes I loved that shop and am sad it has closed - also so sad Peppergreens is no longer... xx

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    2. Yes, miss them both! They were wonderful places. Pammie xx

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  7. So lovely! Do you need green fingers to live on the area or something?! It's a delight and just so green and feels like an oasis. I must try and visit the highlands one day x

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    1. You would love the Highlands Naomi - it's green and very much like England in parts!! xx

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  8. The hedges - I couldn't get enough of them. Absolutely gorgeous. The simplicity of the white buildings against all the green is lovely. What a beautiful garden, and how generous of your friend to open it for such a worthy cause.

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    1. The hedges are to be seen to be believed!!... they are simply outstanding! Thank you for stopping by xx

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  9. What a stunning garden. I particularly like the quirky and elegant animals throughout the garden. I would so love to see the inside of her home too. I can only imagine how stylish it is.

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    1. Me, too! Would love to see her home as well :)

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  10. What a masterpiece! Stunning garden architecture!! Those hedges are razor sharp and so divine. Love it all. Thank you for the tour, Jenny. I enjoyed every inch of Trish's garden.
    Cheers from DC,
    L

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    1. Thank you Loi.. It's quite wonderful taking a very slow walk around this gorgeous garden. So glad you enjoyed it! Hope the house hunt is going well! xx

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  11. I just love your posts ... each and every one of them .. they are so beautiful ... these gardens are wonderful and the animals all compliment the setting. Love the rustic table and benches.. who would have thought they would fit into such a structured environment.... do you think we could grow hedges like that here in SA ?
    I so look forward to your posts ... please don't ever stop.

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    1. What a lovely comment!... thank you so much! I am sure one could grow hedges like this in SA - but depending where you are. I remember that I was unable to find buxus in Cape Town, but used other native specimens instead. xx

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  12. I am catching up after no internet for a few days, and I have to say this is a great post to catch up on! Wow - what a garden. It's so immaculate, and soothing in its neat hedges and layers of green. I especially love all the features with the pots, and the twiggy benches and plant stands. And all the moss! Wish I could have moss here. It reminds me of Dad's where all the garden paths are a verdant green through Winter. xx

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    1. Thank you Heidi ... it is the most special garden and such care is exercised in the maintenance... My friend works very hard at it all! I miss the moss from the farm as we don't really get it here in Bowral...except on the brick paving where I don't want it!! xx

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  13. Wow...Trish's garden is absolutely stunning, Jenny! I can't get over the hedges! Would love to see it all in person!

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    1. Thank you Beth and Kristy for stopping by. The hedges are incrediblel! xx

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  14. Just perfect, love it so much x

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    1. Thank you FF - it is pretty special xx

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  15. Jenny how kind of Trish to open her garden for such a good cause. What a truly elegant garden. And how beautifully you photographed it! I'm in a garden club up here which does a trip each year - this year it's to Toowoomba, but my brain is now hopping forward to next year and wondering about the southern highlands!!

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    1. How wonderful it would be if you could all visit the Highlands!... I would adore to show you around! xx

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  16. Beautiful and verdant, it would have been hard to leave. Do you know if Trish is related to John Muir, the preservationist? xx Rié

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    1. Hi Rié, I'm not sure ... Her husband's name is John co-incidentally! I shall ask them! xx

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  17. Ooh.. thanks for this grand tour Jenny.. you certainly did a fab job of the posting.. cheers to Trish and her helpers on this immaculate garden.. it certainly must take her hours and hours.. such dedication is to be admired for sure..

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    1. Thanks so much for commenting and stopping by Cape Lux!!

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