Its mid October – the days are beautiful with clear blue skies and a perfect spring sunshine. While the season of spring in Australia can be short-lived, sometimes only a few days, the blossoms and blooms of new growth are warmly welcomed after a long winter. The colours of a cool climate garden, especially the bulbs, still provide a long-time gardener moments of gardening joy; the beauty of their colour always provides a source of wonder and fascination.

Mid October into November provides some of the best climatic conditions for enjoying not only my own garden but the gardening achievements of others. This is the time that local and regional private gardens are opened to the public.

For instance, on the 7th and 8th of November, St Peters Armidale will be hosting its annual Open Garden Weekend. This event has been running for twenty six years as a fundraiser for the parish of St Peters. A total of ten properties will be open to the public, displaying a variety of gardens at different stages in their development. For more information go to

As well, on the 17 and 18th October four beautiful gardens on the east side of Guyra will be open to the public as part of a fund raising venture for the fabulous Guyra Show Ground.

I have recently spent a weekend in the Guyra show ground for a pony club competition. It is a great community centre, with a wonderful country atmosphere provided by beautiful mature deciduous trees. More information is available from Guyra’s Visitor Information centre.

About Jennifer

Jennifer is a passionate gardener, recreational cyclist and owner of Creekside Cottages, private self catering accommodation in beautiful Armidale, New England, NSW.