Wildwood Gardens in Spring

    

Wildwood is owned by plant enthusiasts Wayne and Sue Tapping, who have been developing the garden since 1980 when they bought 10 hectares (25 acres) of land at Bilpin in Sydney's Blue Mountains. Most of the sloping site was densely covered with mature trees and black wattle scrub, but there were some open spaces.

As well as a beautiful site, the area has deep volcanic soil and access to bore water making it a wonderful place to make a garden. Sue's plan was to create a formal garden without losing the wildness of the native landscape. Hence the name for the garden of Wildwood!

The Tappings have a deep passion for plants and growing. They ran a garden centre at near by North Richmond along with a growing nursery at Kurrajong for many years and also operated a nursery at South Windsor. Indeed, they only closed Wayne's Home and Garden in 2010 when the site was sold.

Over the years many of the plants from their retail and growing nurseries have found their way into the garden. Sue is also a collector of cool climate perennials  and shrubs, including hellebores, clivias, magnolias, camellias and hydrangeas. They have also amassed a collection of cool climate trees including maples and dogwoods. There is something exciting to be found in flower throughout the year.

The first planting was the weeping cherry walk, inspired by a trip to Melbourne buying plants for their nursery. Sue recalls that Wayne was taken with a row of weeping cherries in one of the nurseries they visited in the Dandenongs.

On his return to Bilpin, he set about planting nine pink weeping cherries (Prunus subhirtella 'Rosea'), which today are under planted with hellebores to present a breathtaking picture in early spring when the trees bloom.


  

Venue: Bilpin
Starting: 8:00 AM
Friday 11th September 2020
Ending: 5:00 PM
Repeats: Every 2 years on September 11
Phone Enquiries: 02 4325 4053
Email Enquiries: admin@connectcoaches.com.au
Home Pick Up:

Click here - Pick Up Map

 

Ticket Includes: Home pick up bus service, entry into gardens, morning tea and lunch

Disclaimer: Tickets must be purchased by credit card.
Tour requires a minimum of 8 people to continue.
Morning Tea: Included in price & provided by Connect Coaches
Lunch:

Included in price 

Sample menu:

  • Homemade quiche - roast vegetable; salmon & dill OR chicken & avocado served with a fresh garden salad or steamed vegetables 
  • Tasty meat pie - chunky beef mince; chicken; steak & mushroom OR vegetable served with mash potato, peas & gravy

 Tea/Coffee (bottomless cup)


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