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).