Wish someone like Monty Don would do a tour of great Australian gardens? The first DVD in a new series by Our Australian Gardens shows the spectacular Albion Farm Gardens in NSW, with intelligent and insightful commentary by presenter Eamonn Katter.
Eamonn has a warmth on camera which is very watchable, as are the garden stories of Albion Farm, with the hard-working and irrepressible Phillip and Sandy Redman, and their daughter Kate Coren at the adjoining ‘Gracemere’.
This DVD is calm, considered and elegant – there’s no arm-waving and vacuously shouting “isn’t it fabulous” which plagues many on-camera garden visits. Instead, we have a relaxed Eamonn talking with the Redmans and observing over three days the way they shape their garden – and also how the garden shapes them and their extended family.
I’ve visited Albion Farm several times and it is truly a significant Australian garden. It’s a grand-scale country garden with lakes and bridges, vistas, wisteria walks (yes – of different colours!), huge lotus ponds, amazing stonework plus extensive productive gardens, but it also has many small and intimate spaces with ideas to inspire those of us with more modest plots.
The Albion Farm Gardens DVD is $15 (post paid) in Australia or $25 international post paid.