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Open Gardens: Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival

Step into a world of natural splendour and gardening excellence at the 2024 Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival!

We are excited to invite you to an unforgettable garden journey that promises to be a feast for the senses. This year, we are proud to introduce four new gardens that showcase the vibrant horticultural tapestry of our region like never before.

Granite Gardens: Prepare to be amazed by the resilient beauty of Granite Gardens. This garden has endured the harshest of climates and has emerged as a testament to nature’s tenacity. As you wander through its winding paths, you’ll be surrounded by aromatic plants, deciduous trees, and the picturesque centrepiece lake, which reflects the ever-changing colours of the sky. It’s a place where nature’s resilience meets artistic brilliance.

Stanthorpe Serendipity: Step back in time and experience the enchantment of Stanthorpe Serendipity. This charming 120-year-old Queenslander is a living historical treasure, surrounded by a cottage garden that seems plucked from the pages of a storybook. The goldfish pond glistens in the dappled sunlight, and wisteria-covered arbours beckon you to explore further. For the first time in two decades, this hidden gem is open to the public, offering a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in history and natural beauty.

Stanthorpe Serendipity

Diamondvale Estate: Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of Diamondvale Estate, spanning 30 acres of unspoiled bushland and granite. As you traverse this pristine landscape, you’ll encounter new plantings such as an olive grove and camellias, harmoniously blending with the established eucalypts and emerging flora. This estate is a captivating ode to the enduring beauty of our native environment.

Chillawong Gardens: Witness the astonishing transformation of Chillawong Gardens, a modern marvel that has rapidly evolved over the past few years. This garden is a testament to the boundless possibilities of dedicated gardening. From the meticulously designed formal garden to the inviting pool area and the enchanting deciduous woodland, Chillawong Gardens is a showcase of the infinite potential of human creativity and the art of cultivation.

Amidst these breathtaking new additions, let us not forget the timeless elegance of Braeside Homestead. This perennial favourite continues to captivate visitors with its exquisite landscape, offering a harmonious blend of history, culture, and natural beauty.   Gardens of Accommodation Creek Cottages where these first time gardeners have the knack of creating cohesion with its natural surroundings of ancient gums and spectacular views and Wahroonga which means “place by the water’ a garden that shifts between native grass plantings and camelia beds and long wisteria walkways.

For those interested in edible gardening then there is a treat instore for you with 

Heart and Soil Australia is a chemical free, diverse, mixed farm focused on regenerating the landscape by rotationally grazing cattle and goats and nurturing a no-till market garden. Tristan, Jess, Claudia and Florence strive to grow nutritious and delicious produce for their local community by following the soil health principles.

Bridget has been growing organic produce in her market garden for over a decade, recent additions in the kitchen garden are 8 raised garden beds.  Vegetables, berries, fruit and herbs are sold at the local Granite Belt Farmers Market which are on every Saturday in the Railway precinct.  Excess tomatoes are processed into passata and paste or sundried.  There is a variety of garden art throughout the garden from local artists, some for sale.  Join us in the pavilion for a cuppa after a tour of the garden.

To embark on this extraordinary garden adventure, you can purchase a Garden Pass for just $30, granting you access to 9 unique gardens, including two productive gardens. This pass represents exceptional value, allowing you to explore the rich tapestry of our region’s horticultural treasures. https://appleandgrape.org/tickets/ Alternatively, a fee of $5 per garden can be paid at the gate, providing flexibility for those who wish to explore specific gardens.

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