The 1875 homestead at Athol Gardens is surrounded by formal garden beds with clipped hedges. It is a small paradise of beauty, harmony and tranquillity created with passion. The design of the garden with winding paths, century old trees, oak grove and plane tree walk create a romanticism and softness. A wisteria-covered pergola bordered by three species of mahonia on one side and hydrangea quercifolia (oak leaf hydrangea) on the other leads to a manicured lawn encircled by deep colourful garden beds. There is always something of interest in the garden no matter the season.
Some highlights include acer pentaphyllum (a rare and endangered species), acer griseum (paperbark maple), acer davidii (snakebark maple) and chionanthus retusus (Chinese fringe tree).
Let dreamers dream what worlds they please
Those Edens can’t be found
The sweetest flowers
The fairest trees
Are grown in solid ground
We’re neither pure nor wise nor good
We’ll do the best we know
We’ll build our house and chop our wood
And make our garden grow
The Central Tablelands enjoys four distinct seasons each of which brings its own beauty to Athol Gardens. The abundance of seasonal flowering foliage and heritage trees create a peaceful ambience and perfect setting for photos at any time of the year.
Summer enchants with an extensive palette of green foliage and summer flowers. The autumn garden becomes a glorious tapestry of deep reds, golden yellows and vibrant oranges as the season turns and the trees become a photographer’s paradise. Winter has its own stark beauty and the countryside and gardens take on a magical quality when covered with snow. Spring brings new life to the garden which is celebrated with the profusion of new buds and blooms and a carpet of spring bulbs in mass plantings.
“I don’t know anything with certainty, but seeing the stars makes me dream“
– Vincent van Gogh
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