If you have never visited Cruden Farm which is one of Australia’s most iconic gardens here is your chance. On Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 March the garden will be open and will be host to the Open Garden Scheme Plant Fair. This is “Gardener’s Heaven” where you can source some quality artwork, have the opportunity to buy a wide selection of interesting and unusual plants from local and interstate exhibitors, view gardening demonstrations and achieve all this at one of Australia’s most celebrated gardens.
The garden had very romantic beginnings when Sir Keith Murdoch acquired the property in 1928 and gave it as a wedding present to his young bride Dame Elizabeth Murdoch. She is well into her ninth decade of gardening at Cruden Farm which is unusual anywhere in the world to find a garden that has been designed, nurtured and developed by one person over such a long period of time.
A young garden writer and designer Edna Walling, who we talked about in an earlier Blog, helped to layout the garden and you can see her legacy with some of her signature stone walls defining parts of the garden.
You will be blown away by the 130 lemon-scented gums that grace the entrance along the sweeping driveway, before arriving at this very sophisticated country garden which is a picture of perfection. It is a stunning time to view the garden with the autumn colors adding a beautiful mix of foliage throughout.
Do not miss this special weekend to see a garden of such rare beauty.