Its was Steve and Rosalie who planted most of the garden. Many of the Rhododendrons
and Camellias were planted as cuttings
We are told that Rosalie and Steve gave a tree or shrub as a gift to each other for
birthday, Christmas or Anniversaries; a tradition we have continued today.
A Spring-fed creek has flowed continuously through the garden up until the current
“Hillandale” was run as an Orchard, 15acres in total – the last remnants of which
remain on the north side of the house.
Raspberries and many Vegetables crops were also grown and a good income was derived
Since acquiring the property we have had a wonderful time bringing it back to its
former glory, hopefully in keeping with the original gardener’s vision and with their
The vegetables beds have been added together with the plant nursery areas. Fences
have been re-aligned and new ones added. An old Machinery shed on the north side
of the packing shed has been converted to a garden “office”. The packing shed has
also been renovated.
The garden has been extended to the east and incorporates a small dam not previously
part of the garden.
Trees have been planted and a shrubbery above the dam added in 2003. Also in late
2003 a perennial border was planted – its is approximately 80 metres long and reaches
its peak late Summer/Autumum.
A garden is always a “work in progress” and there are many more projects & areas
we are looking forward to completing. We acknowledging the help of our wonderful
children Jim, Tom, Anne-Marie, Jon, Joseph and friends, in our achievements in the
garden to date.
Andrew and I hope you enjoy the garden as much as we do.