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Our Australian Gardens launches first DVD in new series

Catherine Stewart

Catherine Stewart

January 8, 2013

Our Australian Gardens - Albion Farm Gardens

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.

Albion Farm Gardens in early summer

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9 years ago

I agree love to have better programs on australian TV, the programs are really boring at the moment certainly not a lot of info on growing plants from seed to the finished plant, like they do on old Monty shows, I would sooner watch them lucky I have Foxtell. regards Marlene