1. Open Gardens at Mt. Tamborine in September 2019 = Springtime in Queensland, Australia in ……… 27th September. Garden No. 1


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September  2019  … this years Open Gardens …..

Ken and Harriet Aitken live only about half an hour away from a  lovely location called  Mt. Tamborine. We are on relatively flat lowland  while Mt. Tamborine suddenly rises to a flatish mountain  with  many  gullies, many steep areas and flat areas  on top. There are many walks through rainforest  areas, passing water falls and through dry eucalypt bush. See this website: Mt. Tamborine Beacons Rd. Lookout in 2008  of one of many sites we have been to. Here is another: Mt Tamborine, Gold Coast

See this website on living at Mt. Tamborine

There are many beautiful gardens tucked away and not open to the public. They grow on the deep brown / red volcanic  soil and higher rainfall  then we get on the lower country. However, in September  every year, there is Open Gardens Trail on a weekend: Springtime On The Mountain – Open Gardens Trail …. 2019.

If you love looking at gardens and flowers, where do you stop and start? ….. there is so much to see !! Every photograph of flowers in the four gardens we saw, may not be named but their beauty must be seen. I was a landscape designer and contractor for twenty years till my very severe brain injury in December 1995. See the post: A life changing situation There are plants I have never seen.

There have been some changes in the volunteer organisation for 2019 so this post can only refer to the 2018 website. The website says:

Springtime on the Mountain is the most spectacular annual display of gardening design and skills in south-east Queensland. This year (2018) the Tamborine Mountain Garden Club will open seven diverse and delightful home gardens for public display – most for the first time – over a three-day weekend.

See the  gardens  of three houses and the Tamborine Botanical Garden this year in September 2019  The beauty of nature !!

Each house with it particular garden which we looked at, is a series of interconnecting Garden Rooms. The gardens has been designed  as a series  of linked garden rooms. Each  garden room has a different function  but has creates a real sense of belonging. It may not be open space but it has a sense of unity different to the next garden room.

Each  Garden Room is bordered by colourful beds of flowers. Walking from one Garden Room to the next, if you love flowers, you keep walking and walking, drawn by the unexpected possibility of what is around the next corner. When you come upon a new flower bed, you just want to stop and enjoy  the  beauty of nature. Specific plants are often not often named but the photos show the  rich changing colours and the  growing plants.

The soil on Mt. Tamborine: The gardens are growing on deep brown / red volcanic  soil and higher rainfall  then we get on the lower country. Soils are from basalt, a volcanic, igneous rock so all the minerals are present for plant growth.

We who on the lower country below Mt. Tamborine, are on sandstone rock and the soils are much poorer and the soils hold far less moister compared to Mt. Tamborine . Mt. Tamborine is an island in the sky. It is 500m above sea level and the year round is an average four degrees temperature cooler than the surrounding lowlands. The annual average rainfall is 1550 mm.


House 1:


End of Garden 1 ….. where do you start and stop ? ….. there are so many flowers to see !!