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Blue Mountains Tourist : Autumn 2011
autumn 2011 www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au 7 Home of artist and writer Norman Lindsay until his death in 1969, this sandstone cottage and extensive grounds is now a gallery run by the National Trust, displaying the artist's watercolours, oils, etchings, ship models, sculpture and Magic Pudding characters. A café in an idyllic setting as well as a gift shop is open every day offering limited edition watercolour and facsimile etching prints and collectable gifts. 14 Norman Lindsay Cres, Faulconbridge NSW 2776 Telephone (02) 4751 1067 Facsimile (02) 4751 5845 www.normanlindsay.com.au THE NORMAN LINDSAY GALLERY A grand garden adventure by Karyn Taylor A wonderful garden is emerging from the hills of Oberon and it's capturing the imagination of all who visit. Mayfield Garden, owned by the Hawkins family, is one of the world's largest cool climate gardens, covering well over 100 acres of maintained gardens and beyond that, more acres of carefully planted woodland. This is a young garden, with the majority of plantings occurring in the past decade, and construction and development still ongoing. However, the maturity of the trees, the strength of the design and sheer number of follies and features found here, seem to belie this short space of time. The effort of organising a day's outing, driving farther than the town or city boundary is forgotten as soon as you enter the property and start your journey at the six acre water garden, complete with its obelisk, cascades, waterfalls, rills and bridges. The glistening copper tree fountain splashes and delights as you come upon it as if by chance. The hand-laid stone bridge at the high point of the water garden took four men one full year to construct and as with all in this extraordinary garden, is a source of great pride for the owners and staff alike. Mayfield Garden has been designed to make the most of two vibrant, colourful seasons, Autumn and Spring; and the timing of the public open weekends in early April and late October-early November fits into the heart of these seasons. Garden rooms flow effortlessly into one another and there is a clever repetition of selected plants and design elements catching the eye on the three hour walk around the garden. Employing 25 local people fulltime, Mayfield Garden is more than a place of beauty -- it is a source of employment, a training ground for trades such as stone masonry, horticulture, green- keeping and more; and it is a rare opportunity to create something wonderful for generations to come. Here you are invited to be a part of 'the Mayfield Garden journey'. The bare bones of the garden are exposed so you can see follies as they are built and spy mass plantings in their infancy. You have the chance to come back each season to see the changing face of the landscape. Surprises are often elusive in this day and age of 'been there, done that' weariness, but here, set into the hills of the Central Tablelands, Mayfield Garden is a grand surprise, waiting for you.