• The beautiful view of the Nundle hills was part of the attraction for Teresa Eather and her husband, Mark, when they settled at Wombramurra homestead in the Peel Valley of Northern NSW. The property has become a family affair, with Mark’s mother Judy chiefly responsible for the upkeep of the garden.

    Image from Country Style Gardens (Harper Collins, RRP $39.99).
  • The original vision behind the world-famous garden at Nooroo, in Mt Wilson, NSW is preserved by its new owners Lorraine and Tony Bennett, carrying on the legacy of the Valder family who tended the Blue Mountains beauty for 75 years from 1917. The property has many century-old trees, including some oaks planted in 1880, surrounded by a mass of bluebells and pink miniature pieris recalling a British woodland scene.

    Image from Country Style Gardens (Harper Collins, RRP $39.99).
  • “I really love all roses,” says Paulette Bisley, who tends this romantic garden at Coldstream in the Yarra Valley with husband Warwick, “but they must have scent.” Their garden is home to more than 450 varieties. Here, behind the purple flowers of Verbena bonariensis, is ‘Pierre de Ronsard’, with Lamarque climbing over the arbour on the right.”

    Image from Country Style Gardens (Harper Collins, RRP $39.99).
  • The lake at Culzean in Westbury, northern Tasmania, reflects a parade of trees including lipstick maple, swamp cypress and dawn redwood – in late autumn their reflections glow upon the water. Laid out in the 1840s, the property is now the home to Launceston dentists Dinah Fitzgerald and her husband, Philip Leith.

    Image from Country Style Gardens (Harper Collins, RRP $39.99).
  • Houdini Cloud, a stainless steel work by Gregor Klegar, stands outside the imposing Georgian house and art gallery Bobadil at Murrurundi in the Upper Hunter Valley, which is flanked by a green mass of robinias and elms. When Michael Reid and Nellie Dawes bought the property in 2004 it was so overgrown that, says Michael, “not even people who’d lived in the town for a long time had seen the house or garden for 30 years.”

    Image from Country Style Gardens (Harper Collins, RRP $39.99).

One of our favourite magazines has just released a new book, Country Style Gardens (Harper Collins Australia, RRP $39.95), highlighting the most beautiful gardens around Australia and the people who created them, as selected by editor-in-chief Victoria Carey. From a mass of pink roses in the Yarra Valley to a Tasmanian autumn idyll, you’ll find plenty to inspire among these lush landscapes. Here’s a sneak preview.

Country Style Gardens edited by Victoria Carey is published by HarperCollins. Available now in all good bookstores and online, RRP $39.99

Country Style Gardens edited by Victoria Carey is published by Harper Collins. Available now in all good bookstores and online, RRP $39.99

Country Style Gardens edited by Victoria Carey (HarperCollins Australia, RRP $39.95) is available now. 

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