Tasmania’s four distinct seasons and the rich, clean earth makes this island an absolute winner for local green thumbs. In the comfort of their own yards, they can plant themselves in a naked bed of fertile soil and get creative with all types of seeds and bulbs for hours, days and months. While this is a chore and a bore for many, for the dedicated, a day in the dirt is a day of absolute bliss.
It’s the warmer months from September through March that the hard work pays off for these garden devotees. It’s also a time when garden lovers from around the globe can enjoy and appreciate the laborious fruits of such committed folk.
Yes, Tasmania comes alive in the Spring time and if you’re quite partial to seeing a bloom or two, then you’ll want to make a move to get on down for the 2016/2017 season.
From native shrubs and ancient trees, to classic roses, contemporary creations and topiary, it’s all here on this gorgeous compact isle!
My mother Beverley is an avid gardener who is in her absolute element when surrounded by greenery. Not only is gardening her form of exercise, it’s also her meditation, therapy and her ‘me’ time. “It’s a passion that’s been handed down through the generations. I was brought up to love and enjoy plants. My siblings are all wonderful gardeners too. It’s very relaxing and it’s a hobby that keeps me sane and is a pleasure to do”, she says.
There are two other things my mum loves about gardening. In her words : “it’s so gratifying to sit back and enjoy a cuppa in your yard surrounded by blooms and foliage that you’ve personally selected and tended to for months and months.” It’s also so rewarding for her to give her visitors a bunch of blooms to take home with them.
She also loves visiting other people gardens and admiring their hundreds of hours of work. She loves it even more when morning or afternoon tea is served. It’s because of my mum’s passion that I truly understand what it takes to turn a yard disaster into a vibrant portrait.
As I was born without green fingers, below is a list of Bev’s favourite gardens for you to admire and appreciate in Tasmania:
Prospect Villa: This was her fave. Why? She loved the colour scheme and hedges. “It was magnificent. I loved it the best out of the 24 gardens that we visited on our ten day garden tour.” It’s located in Hamilton and open 10.00 am – 4.00 pm 7 days a week (September to April). Admission is 5 bucks. www.newnorfolk.org/~prospect_villa
Table Cape Tulip Farm: Open from Saturday 24th September to Friday the 21st October at 9am to 4:30 pm daily. For more information: www.tablecapetulipfarm.com.au
Allendale Gardens and Rainforest: Located in Edith Creek. Open from Tuesday 6th October to the end of April. Hours are from 10am until 4pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays. For more: www.allendalegardens.com.au
Annsleigh Gardens and Cafe: Located at 4 Metaira Rd, Ridgley, Burnie, 7321. Open by appointment for group bookings and weddings. Go to www.annsleighgardens.com.au to find out more.
Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden: Located in the hills behind Burnie, Emu Valley is a world class Rhododendron garden. Open 9-5 daily and serving up tasty bites in their cafe until 4pm. Go to www.emuvalleyrhodo.com.au
Kaydale Lodge Gardens: Another N W beauty, the Kaydale Lodge Gardens are simply exquisite. Five dollars will get you in and it’s open every day 9am till sunset. To find out more: www.kaydalelodge.com.au
Hawley House: Just just 20 minutes from Devonport you’ll find Hawley House. This is a magical spot where you can even stay overnight. You’ll find it at 68 Hawley Esplanade, Hawley Beach TAS 7307. Go to www.hawleyhousetas.com for more info.
Villarett Gardens: Four hectares of unique modern formal gardens. You’ll find this superb place located at 789 Railton Road Moltema on the north coast. It’s closed Mondays and Fridays. For more details: www.villarett.com.au
Culzean Gardens: Culzean is a woodland garden set in four hectares in Westbury. To check it out, contact: www.culzeangardens.com
Corinda’s Cottages: You would definitely need to make a call to get access here! Not only gorgeous gardens but gorgeous cottages to stay in. www.corindascottages.com.au
Blenheim Gallery and Garden: Located in Longford and only open 4 times a year! Check it out: www.blenheimgalleryandgarden.com.au
Brickendon Estate: Here you will see Majestic Oaks, Elms, Pines, Cedars, Yews and Lindens. Guided tours are $14. See more here: www.brickendon.com.au
Tasmanian Arboretum: Open open every day from 9am to sunset with a small admission fee of $5 per adult. For more, hit – www.tasmanianarboretum.org.au
Obviously visiting Bridestowe Lavender Estate is a must do (bridestowelavender.com.au), as is Table Cape Tulip Farm – www.tablecapetulipfarm.com.au.
For more information on what’s blooming where, head to bloomingtasmania.com.au to download a garden and festival brochure.
**Tip**If you want a little ripper of an app for identifying flowers, hit this up – https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/flowering-plants-of-tasmania/id680339199?mt=8
Images: Shutterstock and Tasmania.com