Al Ru Farm

One Tree Hill

1016 One Tree Hill Road, One Tree Hill

Sunday 19 September 2021
Sunday 19 September 2021

10:00 AM
4:30 PM



This garden will open under covid guidelines.

Please note opening SUNDAY only

Inspired by visits to gardens all over the world, Ruth Irving has used vision, her artistic eye and her talent as a plantswoman to transform 10 acres of Al Ru Farm grazing land into a charming country garden.  The salty bore irrigation makes plant choices a challenge, yet the garden is crammed with a large selection of plant species. 

Before the large lake or the farmhouse come into view, visitors drive past a rusty biplane sculpture mounted in the paddock, a telling sign that Al Ru is full of surprises! 

The garden meanders from one area to another, each with its own distinct feel and colour palette.

The expansive homestead lawn is sheltered by big old ash trees, a wisteria and rose arbour leads into the structured white wedding garden, there is a formal rose garden and a delightful wildly planted area where perfumed freesias and tiny white lawn daisies have been left to naturalise together with white Dutch iris and deciduous trees.  Visitors will also enjoy the sedum bordered lily pond area and various outbuildings including a charming conservatory, the barn venue and garden pavilion accommodation.

Ruth believes that in our climate, gardens should bloom all year round.  In Spring, several thousand tulips and many more ranunculi create spectacular drifts of colour. There are a variety of flowering crab apple trees scattered throughout to add further joy during that period.  Deeper in the garden, the woodland feels joyful with bluebells, aquilegia, campanula, hellebores, naturally seeded geraniums and the lovely green glossy leaves of flowering angelica.  

There is always something to enjoy at Al Ru; later in the year roses and herbaceous plants are flowering, there is an impressive array of liliums from December to March, with flowering trees and shrubs throughout all seasons.

Al Ru Farm is big, boldly planted and beautiful! 


Extra activities: Meet Ruth for a walk and talk around the garden at 11am and 2pm. There will be stall holders selling plants, garden wares and other artisan goods. The One Tree Hill Uniting Church will supply delicious teas and lunches and the One Tree Hill CFS will again look after the gate and share the takings. 

Size: 10 acres, 4 ha.

Please note: There is a large lake on the property.

The nominated charities are the Country Fire Service; and Uniting Church Orphanage in Uganda.

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