The garden was created by John Nichols roughly about 50+ years ago. It was a wattle and pine plantation and it took him many years to dig out and create the beautiful meandering paths. He started building a cottage at the bottom of the garden which he named Crash Cottage where they 'crashed out' in, before building the main house. The property was then named Hurry (for obvious reasons)! He and his family traveled widely and brought back many plants including a variety of beautiful Maples.
Hurry consists of mainly Rhododendrons and Azaleas of various types and over 300 trees, including a large amount of Redwoods which are now really mature. One of John's favourite trees in the garden is the Beach Tree on the lower lawn and when the property was purchased in 2006 by Roz and paul Amphlett. They made a promise to John never to cut it down!
The beautiful stream at the bottom of the garden used to flow the whole year round with sufficient volume to power a ram pump but now unfortunately it does dry out for a few months of the year.
John Nichols ashes were scattered underneath one of his favourite Rhododendron in the garden, so he still resides here in his wonderful creation nurtured by Paul and Roz.
You can come and learn more about this exquisite garden between 13h00 and 15h00 on Saturday afternoon 12 May (2 Trewannan lane). The guided tour will be led by Irene Nichols, one of our talented gardeners here in Hogsback. For this guided tour you will need to book as space is limited to 20 people. for the cook-off preceding the garden tour. For bookings contact Lizzie Blackbeard (0827870927). You can however come and stroll through the garden on your own during that time slot.