In the Beautiful Blue Mountains

Festival 2021

(Saturday - Monday)2nd - 4th October 2021

(Friday - Sunday)8th - 10th October 2021

Garden No 5 - Hill of Grace, 52 Sublime Point Road
Garden courtesy of Sue and Brett

The garden was created in the 1970s by Keith Knox, with “crazy paving” stone paths and walls being used to cut across a remarkably steep, east-facing site at the back of the property. The resulting vertical garden is simultaneously beautiful and challenging. 

The steep gradient brings the plantings very close to eye level as you walk along, creating a feeling of intimacy which is juxtaposed against the long, distant views into Jamieson Valley and the enormity of the opposing Kedumba Walls.

From the street, mass plantings of clivias welcome visitors. They are the perfect plant for the situation. Planted by Judy Howarth approximately 10 years ago, they work beautifully due to their toughness; coping with the harsh westerly winds of winter and the constant drought conditions created by overhead pine trees. Flowering in full shade, the bright splash of orange works with the house render, both alluding to the natural sandstone colour of the escarpment at sunset.

Most plants within the garden are very mature, with maples, azaleas, rhododendrons and camelias being used extensively throughout the entire garden. Plants in Hill of Grace are kept tightly trimmed to give a very sculpted look, reinforcing the Japanese influence created by the plantings. 

The current owners, along with landscape gardener, Dan Townes, have recently renovated the northern courtyard and front garden, adding more azaleas and camelias, a Cercistree and a standard copper beech, lace cap hydrangeas and Japanese plum yews and a Japanese black pine (Pinus thunbergia).

Directions to Hill of Grace