Arts + Culture

Green Retreats

by Stephen Anderton

The garden: Kennerton Green

A tree grows in: Mittagong, outside Sydney, Australia

First planted: 1860

Roots: Flowery English-style cottage gardens are not easy to grow in a hot climate, but Marylyn Abbott, former marketing manager for the Sydney Opera House, has managed to stage another theatrical success. Abbott knows exactly what will grow where and she has no pity: If a plant struggles and looks shabby, it's out. Of course the garden, about 70 miles outside of Sydney, has everything: clipped parterres, an immaculate potager where every vegetable knows its place, a formal bobble-riddled topiary garden, a romantic pergola positively dripping with golden roses above pale-blue irises, and ridiculously Gone With the Wind white azaleas in white tubs along the appropriately white colonial porch. You never saw anything so damned pretty, but there's more to it than that; it has guts and panache—just like its owner.

Kennerton Green
Tel: 61 425 261 403

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