|I need a view like this and the garden art to go with it|
|Rudbeckia and Dahlia|
|Rudbeckia under the apple trees|
|Bird and bug hotel|
|Close up of some of the guest rooms|
|Coleus and flowering Hosta|
|Russian Red Sunflower|
Just before Christmas I booked tickets for Mum and I to attend the Heroic Garden Party hosted by gardener and author Lynda Hallinan at her home and garden, Foggydale Farm as part of the Heroic Garden Festival. The garden festival itself is held over two days and visits many different town and country gardens in the greater Auckland area. Originally it was established as a fundraiser for Herne Bay House which offered respite care for suffers of HIV/AIDS. Now it supports Hospice.
We just wanted to visit the one garden event, the idea being that everyone would dress up in pretty summer clothes and wear lovely creative sunhats, Unfortunately the weather put paid to that, it was Soggydale Farm we visited with everyone garbed in coats, gumboots and wielding umbrellas.
The gardens were lovely, especially the potager garden of which most of my photos came from. There were some stunning colour and plant combinations too, which I think I may be inspired to recreate albeit on a smaller scale in my little garden next year. I was also quite intrigued to see how she mixed coloured vegetable plants in some of her flower gardens. Devonshire teas were available, there were different market stalls to shop at offering plants, garden art and other treats.
Weather aside, was still beautiful garden to visit, and to see in real life so many of the different features we have read about or seen pictured in various house and garden type magazines over the past few years.