Black Stump Natives

The Garden

Tony loves native plants and his garden, called Black Stump Natives, features more than 600 native trees, shrubs and groundcovers. He chooses plants for their beautiful flowers or interesting form, colour or texture. Among his favourites are the unique Queensland bottle tree, with a trunk resembling a giant green bottle, lilly pillys and grevilleas, the most prolific type of tree in the garden. There is also wattle, banksias, hakea, kangaroo paw and Kurragong.

The garden location has its challenges. The gentle slope aids drainage, but not so the heavy clay soil. Raised garden beds, using free-draining sand mixture, improve drainage. High humidity in summer and severe frosts in winter take their toll on plants that prefer dry air or a temperate climate. The local nurseries love to see Tony pulling up in his trusty old ute to buy new plants to replace the old.

The collection of grass trees is one of his triumphs of nurture over nature since the natural conditions mean they should not survive, but under Tony’s care they thrive.

The exotic phasmidA water feature constructed in 2007 and 2008 has developed into its own thriving ecosystem, a place of quite reflection and tranquility. A trickling stream passes through a series of ponds, which is home to frogs, dragonflies aquatic plants and flowers. The exotic phasmid, a spectacular pink-winged insect was spotted here in 2008 – see photo. Pebbles and sandstone surround the ponds and a thatched pergola with wooden decking is under construction. 


The Bower


Hidden in the depths of the garden under the paperbark trees is relaxing place to take a seat. It’s called The Bower, which means pleasant shady shelter, and features a wooden deck floor, bench seats and side tables under a rustic iron roof. It captures the breeze off Sickles creek, which borders the property, and is a cool place to retreat and enjoy the view.



Black Stump Natives garden will be open to visitors on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd April 2012 at 26 Crana Rd Brownlow Hill, Camden. At the Open Garden, lunch and morning and afternoon tea will be on sale. Back by popular demand will be pumpkin scones and pea and ham soup made by the gardener himself.

The garden is located just 15 minutes drive from Mount Annan Botanic Garden, where visitors can purchase many of the plants they will see in Tony’s garden.

The open garden is sponsored by Australia’s Open Garden Scheme, which has donated $4 million to community and charity groups. The entry fee is $6.00.

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