6 Bracken Road, Stirling

Saturday 27 April 2019
Sunday 28 April 2019

10:00 AM
4:30 PM


A true gardeners’ garden in the heart of Stirling opening for the first time. Since building a passive solar house which featured in the 2008 Sustainable House Day event, the owners have transformed the land from an overgrown pine and dying stringybark forest infested with woody weeds into an exuberant, slightly ‘free-range’ garden, bursting with colour most of the year.

Meander along winding paths through themed plantings on a partially terraced, easy slope. Mature Atlantic cedars, oaks, pines and stringybarks overlook two ponds bookending a giant chessboard, a rose garden with arbour, an espaliered orchard, wisteria arbour, raised vegetable beds and a wide range of mainly exotic plants, but also many natives.

Plantings feature azaleas, camellias, rhododendrons, clematis, conifers, salvias, iris, lilies, crepe myrtles, cotinus, hibiscus, lavenders, rosemary, viburnum, euphorbias, echiums, hebes, grevilleas, callistemons, colourful annuals and more. Liquidambars, robinia, cercis ‘Forest Pansy’, Chinese tallow, nyssa, gingko, liriodendron, copper beech, Chinese pistachio, crab apples, Canadian maple and many Japanese maples will provide spectacular colour in a gamut of gorgeous autumn shades.

Extra activities: Musical entertainment, wicking bed making and compost making demonstrations, plant sales, morning and afternoon teas.

Please note: There are two ponds, some sloping paths and a few steps, although the whole garden is accessible without using the steps. An area surrounding the house is fully paved though wheelchair users would find the mulched pathways a little difficult to traverse. There is limited street parking, with additional parking available at nearby St Catherine's Primary School on Ayers Hill Rd (3 min walk); on-site parking for disability.

Size: 1.25 acres, 0.5ha.

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