In the Beautiful Blue Mountains

30 September - 8 October 2017

Waldorf Leura Gardens Resort

Garden No 3 - Waldorf Leura Gardens Resort, 20-28 Fitzroy Street
Courtesy of Waldorf Leura Gardens Resort

Please note this garden will not be open on Saturday September 30 after 12:30pm due to a private function. There will also be no Music in the Gardens on that day.

Two gardens are open for the festival - the Lady Fairfax and the Margaret Stevens.

Lady Mabel Fairfax and her gardener Hector Hood worked on this garden from 1927 until the Leura bushfires of 1957. The original house was burnt but much of the garden survived. Lady Mabel asked Hood to make her a garden in the English style including flower borders and it would seem that the English collector was in their minds as the garden contains plants from all over the world.  

The garden contains an English oak, Scarlet oak, linden tree, many Japanese maples, rhododendrons and azaleas. The wood under the English beech and silver birch is carpeted with bluebells in spring and there is also a stream and rock pool built by Hood.

The Margaret Stevens Garden is on the first block bought by the resort consortium. Margaret was the wife of one of the consortium members. Much of her garden no longer exists but the Shogetsu cherry, purple leafed maple, weeping elm and large conifers date from her time. She was influenced by the gardens of Japan and introduced Japanese elements including the stone lantern at the Rock pool in the Fairfax Garden.

The Olive Tree restaurant will be open throughout the festival for light refreshments.

The Waldorf Leura Gardens are operated by the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School at Torrens University Australia.

 

 

  

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