No this is not a nursery. It's part of a wonderful private collection. Judy and Ian Wintle are not your average gardeners and their garden is not the average garden. A huge array of tropical and sub-tropical plants thrive in this garden.
We have visited their garden before as part of the Australian Open Garden Scheme. Generally it is open in November to showcase their Spring blooms, but this was an extra special opening to raise money for a local boy needing some special equipment.
another shade house filled with bromeliads
Judy is the bromeliad collector but Ian is a collector as well. He showed us a book on weird and unusual tropical plants so I can imagine the next time we visit he will have added to his collection.
Ian, with help from Judy, designs and tends the garden, does all the landscaping and builds the garden structures, as well as speaking at various garden clubs. While I'm sure Ian and Judy have given quite a deal to various charities through their garden, I believe they named their garden the Giving Garden originally because of the fruit trees that produce a range of unusual tropical fruits - so that their garden gives back to them for the time and love they give it.
The garden is the same size as ours - an acre. The white dotted lines in the map above show the pathways that wind through the garden. You can also see the three large shadehouses and the water tanks. You can read more about their garden at Ian's blog.
I love this idea - a worm farm.Ian has made his compost bin and worm farm part of the garden display, which I love. One of the things I enjoy about visiting other people's gardens is seeing how they do things, not just looking at the end product.
This is aristolochia gigantea - The flower is about 8x10 inches
Some miniature neoregelias and orchids up in the trees