Friday, November 19, 2010

Foxglove Spires - a magical open garden

Last weekend my husband and I took the kids to see one of our favourite places on Australia's south coast, Foxglove Spires garden.
The beautiful open garden covers over 5 acres and is located near Tilba Tilba in New South Wales. It is a must for anyone visiting the south coast of NSW.

When you arrive at the open garden, you walk through the "Spires" nursery and come to an arched gate in a wall that leads up to the beautiful 100 year old home painted in a great shade of purple.

Little Mr L having a ball at Foxglove Spires, Tilba Tilba

The Manchurian Pear arbour leading to the house.

From there the pathways twist and turn and disappear under green shady arbours. Through woodlands and rose gardens, paths lead down to the "church ruins", a folly built quite recently by creators of the garden. My little ones loved the "secret" pathways and magical nooks in the gardens.
A magical place for children

A book has been written about the creation of the gardens by Susan Southam - Velvet Pears: Four seasons at Foxglove Spires.

The property is currently for sale, so if you have a spare AUD$1.8 Million it could just be your next home. Let's hope the next owners are as generous as Sue and her husband and make the gardens open to the public to share this little piece of paradise with us all.


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