In the Beautiful Blue Mountains

Festival 2022
We’re back!

Sat-Tues 1st to 4th October

Garden No 7: Fairways, 102 Gladstone Road
Garden courtesy of Roger & Rosemary Corbett

Fairways is an established garden built in 1896 as one of Leura’s first guesthouses. 

The garden was redesigned 18 years ago by Christopher Wallis of Venetiaville Designs. Fairways retained some of the mature trees including one of the Blue Mountains’ largest rhododendrens located at the entrance to the property; an English holly, a crabapple and flowering cherries, giving the garden its sense of place and combining the old with the new.

Formal in design, the garden is hidden behind a large cypress hedge and features numerous camellia and buxus hedges, with mature standard flowering cherries and Dissectummaples.

Walking across the bridge and under the crabapple, the pond features three tiered levels built in the ironstone that was uncovered with the garden development, and the rill/creek is planted with hellebores, hostas and variegated sedges. 

Walking from the pond through the wisteria walk, the rear gardens are set amongst a magnificent backdrop of large gum trees on the golf course. The garden beds here are in the shade of the handkerchief tree and Himalayan dogwood. Some beds are infull sun and are planted with classic mountain shrubs, including rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas, daphnes and lilacs.

Burgundy foliage and silver accent plants are a common theme throughout the garden, creating consistency and flow from one garden ‘room’ to another. A cercis (Forest Pansy) planted in 2017 is thriving and is a beautiful addition.

A big thank you to Jessica Lawn of Arbor Vitae who now maintains and adds value to this greatly loved private garden. 

Directions to Fairways