The annual Cowra Open Gardens weekend will take place on October 21 and 22, with a change of date but still a showcase of some of Cowra’s most incredible gardens.
There will be eight gardens on display over the weekend from 10am till 5pm both days. Learn a little bit about each garden below:
72 River Park Road: The owners have suffered through a harsh winter however have done a good cut back and things are looking better. They are in the process of adding a bottlebrush hedge on the north side. The rose garden will be beautiful this year. The Garden Club plant stall will be operating at this site on both days, along with a raffle which will be drawn on Sunday.
North end of River Park Rd: River Park garden is approximately two acres in size with the River Park vineyard bordering the western side of the property. This is a typical family country garden with tennis court and swimming pool and features spectacular views of the Lachlan River and Cowra.
345 Gem Rd: An open parkland garden which features a large, restful artificial lake at the front of the home. This garden offers peaceful strolls through many native trees and shrubs.
97 Waratah St: Starting in 2000 as a half acre bare block, the garden has evolved with many native shrubs, trees and lovely flowering climbers. There is an emphasis on drought and frost hardiness. Behind this is the Oz Plants nursery with an extensive range of plants, which are for sale to the general public.
566 Darby’s Falls Rd: A lovely spacious garden comprising three acres with a variety of charming areas set amongst big old river gums. Includes formal areas with roses and trimmed shrubs, a reflection pool, bird refuge habitats and raised vegetable gardens.
315 Elouera Rd: This garden was started in 2014. Plantings include eremophila, eriostemon, artemesia, buddleia, grevillea, callistemon and salvia. This garden has commanding views of the surrounding properties and refreshments will be available at this site. Also feel free to stop and photograph Harold Treasure’s wire sculpture on the dam bank alongside Elouera Rd.
63 Darling St: A very interesting home with lovely verandahs and a neat garden featuring many ornaments, sculptures pop plants and wall art.
17 Dawson Dr: The owners have more than 50 years of gardening experience. The old gardens were cleared out and large new gardens have been constructed and designed to bring together the old and the new. There is an overall, free flowing landscape that will continue to evolve over time.
Admission is $10 and covers all gardens on both days with the proceeds going to various local charities. Tickets and maps are available at the Cowra Visitor Information Centre.