Spring on Queensland’s Tamborine Mountain is a glorious time when nature decks itself in some of its grandest finery and invites people to admire and marvel.
And one event guaranteed to lure garden lovers like bees is the Springtime in the Mountain Open Garden Trail.
This year seven diverse and delightful home gardens will open their gates over a three-day weekend.
Carousel in Sequoia Drive is a half-acre delight of annuals and bulbs complemented with salvias, fuchsias, roses, azaleas, rhododendrons and flowering fruit trees, while Birch Grove at The Shelf is reached by a steep driveway that leads to an immaculate sloping garden spread over 2½ acres and watered by a spring-fed pond.
Magpie Garden on Bateke Road features azaleas, Japanese maples, conifers, vireyas,rhododendrons, bulbs and annuals as well as a productive vegetable garden.
Symphony Hill in Benowa Street will show what can be done in one year as deep, curving rock borders are planted with cottage plants and an amazing grove of mature chestnut trees adds magnificence to the back of the property.
For a Mediterranean feel, visitors can stroll around Montecatini in Eagles Close with its conifers and exotic trees leading to panoramic views of the coast.
Mountain Greenery in Stradbroke Avenue was developed as a retirement garden and shows what can be achieved in a small space, while Whyenbah in Southport Avenue is a charming small garden on half an acre filled with succulents and euphorbias. Beds of perennials have been planted with an artistic eye for colour.
There will be a cafe in one of the gardens with a sausage sizzle and Devonshire teas and a plant sale will ensure visitors can take home a memory of their day.
The Garden Trail is organised by the Tamborine Mountain Garden Club in aid of the Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens and local community groups.
September 22-24, 9am-4pm. Trail passes $20; dependent children free; single garden passes $5; pre-booked groups of 10 $15
This story originally appeared on The Senior