Nooroo is a privately owned garden of great beauty and botanical interest.

Nooroo was built and planted in 1880 by William Hay and original plantings include English oaks, chestnuts, ash and cedars which are underplanted with thousands of bulbs including, bluebells, daffodils and crocus. The display of bulbs are at their best each year in October

The property was owned by the Valder family from 1917 to 1992 at which time, Anthony and Lorraine Barrett bought the property.

Since 1992, the Barretts have maintained the existing formal garden and have also undertaken extensive work to create a number of new garden rooms.

Famous for its wisteria collection, hostas, lilly of the valley and Japanese iris have been planted to compliment the delicate pastels of the wisteria.  Nooroo also has many rare maples, azaleas and rhododendrons.

In April and May, the garden has wonderful autumn colour. Many of the shrubs and maples have been underplanted with white nerines which creates a stunning display, particularly in April.  The colours are at their best in the ten days after April 25th

In Spring, from August to late November, in addition to the Wisteria collection, camellias, magnolias, lilacs, peonies and many other trees and shrubs are in full flower.

A collection of stunning photographs of Nooroo can be seen in the The gardens at Nooroo Photo Gallery and at the Nooroo Facebook page.

Also please visit our website https://www.nooroomtwilson.com.au/

Autumn Opening Hours
13 April 2019 to 26 May 2019
Every Day: 10.00 am - 4.00 pm

Yengo was first purchased by Jesse Gregson in 1877. It was laid out with the assistance of the Director of the Sydney Botanic Gardens, Charles Moore and the Govt Botanist J H Maiden. Yengo is an alpine garden with 136 yr old trees such as sequoia, cedar of Lebanon and Spanish cork. It is enhanced by sculptures created by English sculptors Judith Holmes Drewry and Lloyd le Blanc, which have been collected over the years. The garden is open in aid of Australia's first endangered species reserve which has been in place since 1969. We usually charge $10 per person per visit, $3 for children.

The stone house and garden of 'Yengo' has been restored by the owners Peter and Ann Piggot. There are several 100 year old conifers from the Himalayas and North America including: Deodars (Cedrus deodara) and Western Red Cedars (Thuja plicata) which were all planted about 1880. The garden at the rear of the house has also been restored and there is an interesting range of plants in the garden. These include Clematis montana and a white wisteria (Wisteria brachybotrys 'Alba') which has a wonderful scent and also Wisteria floribunda 'Macrobotrys' a Japanese form which has been trained over a pergola.

The garden of 'Yengo' is a beautiful setting for some very beautiful garden sculptures. The pieces are the work of two international sculptors, Lloyd Le Blanc and Judith Holmes Drewry, who both work in bronze. Both people, says garden owner Peter Piggot, are leading sculptors who are based in England.

Lloyd Le Blanc is renowned for his sculptures of animals. They are so carefully formed that they seem real. Some of Le Blanc's work, which was shown during the segment, included gazelles, a brolga fountain and a lyrebird. The pieces, which are all limited editions (some limited to as little as six, nine or perhaps 12), fetch good prices.

The sculptures in the garden are for sale. The prices range from $1700 up to $50,000 each. The $50,000 price tag is attached to a magnificent fountain which features brolgas.

Judith Holmes Drewry is a leading portrait sculptor who has a real feeling for depicting the female form through her work. Her work is also on sale at the garden.

Yengo has a sanctuary for the rare and very sweet little Parma Wallabies, a native species that has been re-introduced into Australia after they were wiped out by foxes and feral cats.

Yengo is open to the public daily during spring (October and November) and autumn (April and May), or by appointment (phone: (02) 4756 2002).