Open Garden in the bush

Darwin weekends in the Dry can be busy with the variety of things to see and do: compensates for the quiet months in the Build Up and the Wet.

The billabong or lagoon with a sea of waterlillies off to the left.

One of our weekend treats is to visit the NT Open Gardens. It gets so that we don’t want to leave town for fear of missing out on any. This weekend’s garden was an environmentally friendly one with the emphasis of indigenous local plants and wildlife. Anyone expecting a landscaped garden with structure and symmetry may have been disappointed but we found its bush atmosphere delightful. Judging on the crowds of people who didn’t seem to want to leave, we weren’t the only ones.

This daybed had my name on it….but I did manage to stay off it and to drag myself away.

One of the pleasures of the OG is that some have morning or afternoon tea available and on Saturday we were treated to home baked cakes and slices. The small entry fee and the  sales go towards the owners’ nominated charity/charities in this case Top End Native Plant society and Wildcare, who also provide the volunteers.

The house was designed by famed Territory architests, Troppo Designs, and was intriguing in its own right -very much a house of and for the tropics with a very big nod to Asia both in its style and decor. Where else would you find a kitchen with three non-existent walls replaced by fly screens. A massive deck overlooking the billabong with waterlillies was obviously a big attraction. I doubt we were the only one who could have napped happily for hours on the Balinese day bed. Thoughts of “I could have napped all day…” ran through my head.

Eventually we moved on from the deck to the garden, wandering along the bush tracks with the thoughtfully labelled trees and plants. We admired the waterlily display in the billabong, tentatively ventured on to the pontoon and were only deterred from tarrying in many of the other sitting areas, by other visitors. Wisely the wildlife were keeping a low profile but it must be wonderful to sit anywhere near the billabong and watch the birds.

I loved this quirky little spot to rest along the bush track.

Throughout there were quirky touches which you’d never see in a normal suburban garden, all of which added to the ambience.We eventually dragged ourselves away after a few hours. Do you get the idea that we thorougly enjoyed our outing?

Imagine lying in the tub, stars above you, wine beside you, and candles flickering.

2 thoughts on “Open Garden in the bush

  1. Wow gorgeous garden! I love how it is tropical, but it isn’t in your face tropical island feeling, it’s got a real Australian sensibility about it. Thanks for sharing.

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