Al Ru Farm

One Tree Hill


1016 One Tree Hill Road, One Tree Hill

Sunday 18 September 2022
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Sunday 18 September 2022

10:00 AM
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4:30 PM

Description

 

The garden will open under covid guidelines. We encourage you to bring cash as EFTPOS facilities are not always available. 

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 plants-woman to transform 10 acres of Al Ru Farm’s grazing land into a charming, charismatic country garden.  The salty bore irrigation makes plant choices a challenge, yet the garden is crammed with a large selection of plant species that provide year round interest. 

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 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 with its classically styled pergola and various outbuildings including a stylish conservatory, the undercover barn venue and the elegant garden pavilion accommodation.

Ruth believes that in our climate, gardens should bloom all year round. In spring many thousands of bulbs create spectacular drifts of colour and flowering crab apple trees add their pretty pink blossom to the picture.  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.  Sheets of hot pink silene contrasts dramatically with bright lime green euphorbia.

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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The standard entry fee is $10 adults, $8 concession on presentation of the Eligible Commonwealth Government concession cards (which are the Pensioner Concession Card and the Health Care Card, but not a Seniors Card).  The concession is also available on presentation of a Horticultural Tertiary student concession card for TAFE students.  OGSA Members, including current season Garden Owners are eligible for the $8 concession on presentation of their Membership card.

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