Red Cow Farm in Sutton Forest NSW is one of those grand Southern Highland gardens that overflow with flowers every spring. But it’s not all roses and perennial cacophony. Red Cow Farm is a garden of spectacular vistas and intimate courtyards, as well as shady avenues and crisp, clipped hedges.
What I really loved about Red Cow Farm was seeing well designed plant pictures in both the macro and miniature scale. Not many gardens are large enough to make plant pictures with full sized conifers and mature trees and shrubs. Red Cow Farm’s 2.5 hectares (6 acre) of garden shows off brilliant combinations of colour and form, with blue conifers, red maples and golden and variegated trees woven through rich green foliage.
Ali Mentesh and Wayne Morrissey have been developed this garden around its 1820s cottage into a series of 20 garden rooms, each with its own mood and planting scheme, but they’ve also managed the transitions from one to the next so it all feels quite inevitable. There are woodland, bog, kitchen, rose, cottage and monastery gardens and beech, hazelnut, crab apple and camellia walks.
Red Cow Farm’s visiting season begins on September 21 and runs until May 2014. These photos were taken in late November but I know there would always be something wonderful to see.
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