Beautiful gardens to open at Crookwell Garden Festival

The Crookwell Garden Festival committee has revealed the nine gardens that will open for this year's event, including Mireille and Brett Turner's property in Crookwell.

The frosty winter has been tough but come spring the stunning garden and richly scented flowers will bloom.

Open gardens: Mireille Turner's garden at 'New Day Limousin', Crookwell will open as part of the Crookwell Garden Festival. Photo: Clare McCabe.

Open gardens: Mireille Turner's garden at 'New Day Limousin', Crookwell will open as part of the Crookwell Garden Festival. Photo: Clare McCabe.

It is the first time that the garden will open at the two-day festival held in mid-November.

The garden was established just seven years ago at the same time that the Turners built their home and renovated a 140-year-old cottage.

It is an extension of their home, and Mrs Turner can't pack away the tools long enough to stop expanding the space.

"I lived in England and my father was a gardener, it makes a house," Mrs Turner said.

"In Berry, we were building and selling and gardens make that house much more attractive. One agent said the house is worth this much and I'm putting another $100,000 on the gardens.

"I've never had someone come out and landscape it just evolves and goes on."

Near the entrance is a parkland containing mature and new species of trees. The garden itself is a walk-through space leading to the cottage and around the home. Dotted throughout are around 100 roses, conifers, iris, sculptures and rock edge gardens. A climbing rose drapes a pergola which in spring and summer cascades in a sea of apricot.

The original orchard of Damsom Plum and apple trees remains with additions of mandarin and fig.

A path leads towards the immaculate bluestone cottage rebuilt with the work of a stone mason. Views to surrounding farmland are framed by the hedged garden rooms, and there is a collection of perennials, herbs, espaliered berries, camellias and conifers.

Gardeners in the region would be familiar with the challenge of the winter frost, the strong winds and water. Mrs Turner has tried to combat this by planting hedges to minimise the wind and last year added a bore.

The Turners' garden, along with eight others including 'Moorabinda' the oasis of Pam and David Kensit, 'Kiloren' designed by Edna Walling, and 'Balcony Rose', will open on November 9-10.