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Featuring five rural gardens to delight and inspire you

Saturday 31St October and Sunday 1St November
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

An initiative of the Lions Club of Queanbeyan. Profits from gate-takings are used by the Lions Club to support community projects and families in need. Your support of our event is much appreciated.

Enquiries: Margaret Dorsch, Telephone: 0409 141 595

2014 Open Gardens Map Link to information about Garden 1, Aberfeldy Directions

All venues are well sign posted.

See direction signs on key routes from Queanbeyan and the Monaro Highway.

Gardens can be visited in any order, depending on your point of origin.

Visitors please note: No EFTPOS facilities, cash sales only (or other arrangements where agreed by individual vendors).

The Lions Club of Queanbeyan thanks you for your support and we hope you enjoy your visit.


  • Tickets on sale at all gardens

  • Full fee $25 for 5 gardens ($10 single garden.) Concession card holders $15 ($5 single single garden).

  • Single garden visit - $10 pp or $5 Concession

  • Children under 15 – no charge


The gardens

Garden One: Belle Vue
17 Shillington Ave, Mt Campbell Estate, Googong

From Queanbeyan approx 13 km. From Monaro Hwy, approx 8 km. Entry to estate at Evans Rd off Old Cooma Rd, between Burra Rd intersection & Burra Church. Then turn Left at roundabout. Parking outside the garden.  No toilet facilities.

Garden host: Jenny Brandon-Baker & Stephen Winterton

Garden Arch at Belle Vue

Located in the Mt Campbell estate, Belle Vue is a new garden commenced in late 2012. This is the second year the garden has been open. The garden was designed by Lyn Blair and landscape work undertaken by Jason Beaupeurt-Smith from Glenbog Nursery, Burra. The garden has spectacular views along the course of Jerrabomberra Creek and through to Canberra in the distance.

Island garden beds surround the residence with creative pathways that wind through the formed gardens edged with stone. You can inspect a greenhouse on site as well.

Over a thousand plants have been established in the garden to date, with many more to follow. All the plants have been chosen to suit the local climate which can be cold, windy and dry. All the garden beds, while very large, are low maintenance and through the use of extensive mulching, the best is made of natural rainfall.

Special features:

  • Garden furniture display -  Myles Gostelow - rustic & modern stylish pieces in salvaged timber, concrete & steel (see

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Garden TWo: St Paul’s Church & Bethany Garden
1290 Old Cooma Rd, Googong

From Queanbeyan . approx. 14 km, or 7 km from Monaro Hwy turnoff. No parking outside church; follow parking signs off Old Cooma Rd.  WARNING –  High speed traffic hazard on Old Cooma Rd. Toilet facilities available.

Garden host: Rev James Wood

St Paul's ChurchThe beautiful little country church of St Paul’s was officially opened in May, 1868 and is the home of a vibrant and active congregation today. The rectory, Bethany is a straw bale construction and was completed about seven years ago. The name, “Bethany”, means ‘House of Figs’ and in biblical times was a favourite meeting place for Jesus and his disciples.

Bethany garden has been evolving erratically over the last six years – with a newly created prayer labyrinth at the southern end of the garden. A Labyrinth ‘Warming’ Service will be held at 9.00am, Sunday 2nd November, beginning at St Paul’s.

Special highlights

  • Bethany Café  -  light refreshments for sale

  • Michael Bligh (Landscape Architect, – 30 minute talks “Good Garden Design” (in the rectory): Saturday 31st only – at 11:00am, 1:30pm and 3:00 pm

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Garden Four:Tuckniss
177 Binowee Drive, Little Burra Estate, Googong

Turn into estate at Cooke Drive, take 1st exit off roundabout into Binowee Dve, then 1.7kms on left hand side. Parking outside property. No toilet facilities.

Garden Host: Helen Elliot

A number of towering aged yellow box stand guard at the front gate and at the rear of the property.

The long driveway lined with Chinese elms leads to the circular garden in front of the house.

The owner of Tuckniss began planting in October 2009 with a plan to eventually transform the 10 acres of dusty dirt horse paddocks into parkland. The 4 arbours together with 3 bridges which span the dry creek bed straddling the front of the property, encourages the visitor past gardens, through poplar groves and to sit and ponder the view.

Tuckniss has been planted with grasses, native shrubs for the myriad of parrots and wrens, hundreds of bulbs and mainly deciduous trees including elms, flowering cherries, pears, ashes and crabapples. A large vegetable garden provides organic produce for the family, as does the berry patch and the newly planted orchard is a welcome addition.

The structure of the parkland is still developing with the maple grove under planted with daffodils only 2 years old, a rose garden in July 2015 and recent hedging to the eastern boundary of the football field.

Come and enjoy the wander around this evolving parkland.

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Garden Four: Glenbog Garden & Nursery
314 Plummers Road, Burra

3.1km from Burra/Plummers Road corner. Parking inside property near nursery.  CAUTION – narrow driveway.  Toilet facilities available.

Garden hosts: Lyn Blair, David Williams and Jason Beaupeurt-Smith

Waratahs display at Glenbog Garden and Nursery frames a magnificent view of the Tinderry Mountains

This beautiful 2 hectare garden has developed sequentially over 9 years on what was an exposed rocky hillside. The garden takes full advantage of the stunning views over the Burra Valley to the Tinderry peaks beyond.  The driveway is lined with ornamental plums, Manchurian pear and eucalyptus species.

Large beds of ornamental trees, shrubs and roses border the garden entrance.  Arbours of climbing roses, wisteria and ornamental grape lead into enclosed garden ‘rooms’. Plants have been chosen for their cold, wind, and drought hardiness. Commercial plantings of waratah and other species line banks overlooking the valley.

New garden areas are added each year making this garden a regular favourite.  Enjoy a cuppa or a picnic overlooking some of the best views around!  Make sure to visit the nursery and talk to us about our landscaping design and construction services

Special highlights

  • Refreshments for sale. Picnic facilities available.

  • Nursery plants, teas, and other products for sale.

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Garden Five: Tijara Iris Garden
100 Williamsdale Rd, Burra

1km from Burra Road turnoff; 9.1 km if travelling direct from Monaro Hwy.  Parking inside the property at top of Warri Hill.  CAUTION – Single carriage internal road managed by 2-way radio. Please observe guidance of traffic wardens on entering and leaving the property. Vehicles should use low gear. Nearest toilets, food and refreshments at Burra Community Hall.

Garden hosts: Len and Shirley Pain

This large established garden is positioned under the brow of Warri Hill at 865 m above sea level and enjoys wide panoramic views of the Burra Valley and Tinderry Mountains. It experiences both the beauty and harshness of all seasons.  The challenges are many - occasional snow, temperatures from -10 to low 40s, wind and often not enough rain. The garden is designed to stand up and survive. Anything that doesn’t isn’t given a second chance.

We started from scratch in 1984, planting westerly windbreaks of deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs. Four years later we formed a layout plan and began other plantings. We started at the back door and worked our way down the hill and all the way around the house paddock. A formal rose garden was added in the courtyard but parrots soon killed that.  It was replaced by a horseshoe-shaped cottage garden. Next, all areas of mowed paddock were replaced by coarse gravel. Then, enter the iris population. They are hardy, can run without water, require minimal care and come in pretty colours.  They have grown in all directions.

Today we have mature trees under-planted with camellias and myriad shrubs and border plants offering lovely displays of colour, texture and shape throughout the year. Paved paths weave around to most areas of the garden.  A large circular cottage garden in front of the house sports a huge variety of annuals, perennials and herbs.

Currently, the iris variety total hovers around 1800, many of which we have bred ourselves. We plant densely to suppress weeds and retain moisture, use heaps of mulch (including our own weeds and newspaper). Although we have ample water storage, we largely rely on natural rainfall for the garden. We do not use insecticides.  Garden pests are controlled by our resident Indian Runner ducks

Special highlights

  • Established potted iris plants for sale

Garden Seat at Tijara Iris Garden


Plan your trip


Refreshments are also available at these gardens:

Garden 2, Bethany – Light refreshments and preserves for sale all weekend.

Garden 4, Glenbog – Light refreshments and specialist teas and preserves for sale

BBQ and picnic facilities are also available at the park.

Plant and gift sales

Hardy and unusual plants suitable for the Canberra climate are for sale at some gardens.

Garden 4, Glenbog Garden and Nursery – Plants, teas, and other products

Garden 5, Tijara Iris Garden Established potted tall bearded iris plants (including some bred at Tijara) for sale. Orders can be taken for irises not available in pots


Queanbeyan (behind courthouse), and Googong community centre

Burra Park, Burra Road;

Garden 2, Bethany and St Paul's Church, Old Cooma Road

Garden 4, Glenbog;

London Bridge Reserve, end of London Bridge Road;

Please note

Picnics welcome

Dogs not permitted

Drive cautiously to conditions. Kangaroos and other wildlife about.

All gardens have dams/ponds - Children and others at risk must be closely supervised.

The gardens are only open at the times specified

Do not enter a house unless invited by the owner


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Last updated: 28 September, 2015

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