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Springtime on the Mountain Festival - Open Gardens Trail
Paradise for Gardeners and Nature Lovers Alike
Usually held the last weekend in September, the Tamborine Mountain Garden Club Inc. has been presenting this incredibly popular event since 1983. During the festival, proud garden owners open their properties to the public for three days.
By purchasing Trail Passes for $20.00 per person, (with Government Pensioner card holders at $15, children are free) visitors receive a Trail Map to the mountain's best gardens. From extraordinary estates to bijou cottage gardens, there is something to inspire green thumbs of all ages.
Single garden passes are available for $5.
Along the trail, visitors will find Garden Club plants available for sale, entertainment, art and craft for sale and delicious lunches, snacks, teas and coffees at the Garden Club Cafe.
Passes are available at all Open Gardens and at the Botanic Gardens on Forsythia Drive Eagle Heights. All funds raised go towards the continued development and maintenance of the wonderful Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens.
The festival was voted Community Event of the Year in January 2016 during the Scenic Rim Australia Day Awards.
The Gardens opening for the 2018 Springtime on the Mountain Festival on Friday 28th, Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th September (9am - 4pm) are:
1 THE HAVEN - This delightful cottage garden has recently been expanded to include a new garden bed at the front of the property featuring Japanese maples, magnolias and azaleas under-planted with daffodils and bluebells. Gardens surrounding the home feature established trees that form a base for plantings of Japanese maples and camellias under-planted with vireyas, rhododendrons, hellebores, fuchsias and clivias. Annuals, bulbs and perennials add seasonal colour.
2 FORGET ME NOT COTTAGE - The entrance to this delightful cottage garden is a rockery filled with the colour of daisies, roses, agapanthus and annuals. A quaint picket fence and arched gateway welcome visitors to a riot of colour. Plantings embody the classic “English country garden” with delphiniums, a standard wisteria, geraniums and magnolia. The property is adjacent to a significant Landcare site.
3 BOTANIC GARDENS - This 11-hectare masterpiece is the ongoing creation of Tamborine Mountain Garden Club volunteers. Stroll beside the lake or under the wisteria pergola. Visit the cherry blossom walk, the Japanese garden, camellias, azaleas, rhododendrons and bromeliads. Follow a winding path through the new Sooty Owl Walk to the Crooked Mill House with its waterwheel and, further, the tube chimes. Then take the trail through the rainforest. There is so much to see and do in this beautifully landscaped environment.
4 VILLA MONTANA - Enter this exuberantly coloured almost two-acre garden via a gracious driveway lined with clipped formal hedges leading to a large central fountain. This masterpiece of design offers a Mediterranean feel, with mature conifers and exotic trees providing a classic foil to the colours provided by poppies, alstromerias, gaillardias and roses in the sunken garden. A folly is surrounded by shade-loving plants.
5 WILLOUGHBRIDGE - This garden takes its name and inspiration from a rhododendron garden in the UK. The one-acre sloping site is carefully landscaped with terraced lawns and winding pathways leading to a wisteria-clad artist’s studio with a pergola covered in Japanese white wisteria. Mature liquidambar, crepe myrtle, jacaranda and variegated fig trees provide dappled shade for rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, gardenias and magnolias.
6 STOCKWELL - The owners’ plan over the past 15 years has been to create an environment in which to relax in this colourful half-acre garden. Meandering paths lead to a parterre edged with Japanese box, in-filled with old species roses and perennials, an Asian-inspired garden, rain forest walk, ponds, a well-stocked vegetable garden and many other surprises. There are ample spots to sit and enjoy. Botanical artists’ work on display and for sale.
7 FAITHFULL GARDENA - long sweeping driveway leads across the seven-acre site to this large newly-created garden, designed to accentuate this sloping site and draw the visitor to the spectacular views. Mass plantings of ornamental grasses and perennials lead to the formal terraces that enclose the rose garden, herbs and vegetable beds. Hydrangeas line a woodland walk that leads to the grevillea rockery and a viewing platform that offers breathtaking views.
8 HARMONY GARDENS - Described as park-like, this large informal garden developed over 40 years is surrounded by rainforest trees. Gardens flow in and out around the house and around shrubs and trees with borders of agapanthus, clivias and other hardy species, providing vistas of contrasting leaf shape and colour each season. There are many surprises and varieties of camellias, maples, magnolias, azaleas and bromeliads.
9 VISTAS - With wide sweeping lawns and towering specimen trees, the name of this property provides an apt description. This magnificent five-acre garden, with views to the western mountain range, offers beds of exotic and native flowering shrubs, annuals, bulbs, bromeliads, conifers, a Japanese garden, a native forest, a wisteria walk, an orchard and a tranquil pond. Bring a picnic and enjoy this unique, tranquil environment.
Download the 2016 Springtime on the Mountain Brochure for locations and more information on the open gardens and the trail.
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