Black Stump Natives

About the Gardener - Tony Sexton

Tony Sexton worked underground in the coal mines of the Burragorang Valley and Wollongong for 35 years. When he was not on shift he would be out in the sun in his garden, an outdoor antidote the blackened pits. In retirement, his hobby has developed into a second career and Tony has created one of the Camden district’s most impressive gardens. Plus, he has corrected his carbon deficit from mining coal and is now in carbon credit from growing trees.

He started with a gently sloping 1 ½ acre block on the outskirts of Camden that was overrun with weeds and bordered by Sickles Creek. Over 20 years Tony’s garden has evolved and is too good to keep secret. So now the public is invited, hosted by Australia’s Open Garden Scheme, to be inspired by the sheer variety of attractive native plants and the imaginative use of natural and rustic materials in landscaping.

Tony has spent many happy hours scouring the local area gathering iron bark tree stumps, fallen limbs, sandstone and basalt to use as garden surrounds or features. Collecting leaf litter and mulch is also an ongoing job in order to keep this large garden fed and insulated. He uses only natural irrigation.

'Tony and Penny Sexton's gardens is one of the loveliest show gardens of Australian Native Plants that I have ever seen. It contains a wide range of Grevillea species and hybrids, shrubs, standards and ground covers. The plants are immaculately maintained and grown to perfection. They have had regular sensitive pruning and flower beautifully in this ideal climate. While grevilleas form the majority of species planted, eremophilas and other flowering natives are creatively interspersed among them, blending together in an inspiring way.” - Peter Olde – co author “The Grevillea Book”

One of Tony's favourite places to buy plants is Tim’s Garden Centre at Campbelltown.
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