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The garden is the pride and joy of Wayne Morrissey
and Ali Mantesh and is on what was originally convict-
The men have tirelessly shaped the property over the
past 17 years, transforming it from bare cow paddocks
to an exquisite "garden artwork" open for all to enjoy
from September to May.
The historic appeal of the property is maintained with
the circa 1880 cottage that takes pride of place at the
front of the land. Materials from old cow sheds have
been re-used in new structures, including a quaint
chook pen, that add to the rustic appeal of the garden.
Meanwhile, great attention to detail as far as planting
and design is concerned, has resulted in a tranquil
haven that showcases the artistic eye of the passionate
garden owners from every angle.
Ali proudly boasts that individuals, horticultural
groups and garden club members from around the
world have passed through the garden over the years.
"We get hundres of visitors to the garden each week
during the opening season," Wayne added.
"And many people come time and again."
The appeal of the garden is not surprising considering
the attention to detail given at every point.
There has been a strong focus on creating a haven
that shines in all its glory through every season.
The spring and summer colour and extensive autumn
hues are, without a doubt, a highlight of the property.
However the structure of the garden is also enticing
through the winter months, taking advantage of the
colour and pattern of bare branches of the deciduous
trees, the re ections of the man-made lake and the
carefully manicured hedges that border many of the 20
garden rooms on the property.
The more physical structures such as hand-built
rock walls, sandstone paved courtyards and pebble
pathways complement the rustic winter appeal.
There is a distinct sense of something "other worldly"
in the Red Cow Farm garden.
That partially comes from the beauty of the plants
that mesh together, but it is also inspired by the
ethereal theme carried across much of the garden.
There is the Monastery garden enhanced with six
statues of saints including Saint Fiacre, the patron saint
of gardeners, and Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint
Wayne recalls that well known Highlands and Sutton
Forest resident, Garry Barnsley once referred to the
A visit to the Red Cow Farm garden is like stepping into a fairytale.
Set on 2.5 hectares of land on the outskirts of Sutton Forest the
spectacular garden is a treat for the eye and the spirit.
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