Camellia blooms at Vaucluse House

With the autumn leaves still falling, winter is the time to come and see our large collection of stunning heritage camellias at Vaucluse House.

The current cooler temperatures mean most of our plants should be at peak bloom in the next few weeks (fingers crossed). Below is a selection of images from the cultivars that are currently open, with most of our other plants packed with flower buds which are on the verge of bursting open.

Just as our house museums' interiors have been changed over to their winter settings the gardens team have been busy wintering the gardens in preparation for spring.

With our lawn maintenance at its least intensive stage, we finally find ourselves with the time to complete some much-needed spring garden preparations.

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Steve Halliday

Steve Halliday

Horticulturist

Steven is one of the horticulturists who takes care of MHNSW’s green spaces and gardens. Straight out of school, he jumped into an apprenticeship in landscaping and from there his love for gardening grew. Since 2009, Steven has played a role in keeping the MHNSW properties looking their best; you might catch him completing a variety of tasks from hedging at Rouse Hill House & Farm to mowing lawns at Vaucluse House.

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A mossy analogy for Susannah Place: small but mighty

Mosses are everywhere! They are small, mighty, unsung and inhabit the most unusual places. They can be found in all our museum outdoor spaces if one looks closely enough

a yellow and black sign reads "caution spraying in progress" anlongside a sandstone wall and path
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A new weapon in the war on weeds

A black and yellow sign warns me there is “Spraying in Progress”, and I wonder for a moment why no one is wearing a mask, or even gloves. But the dangerous looking mist enveloping these men is not what it seems

Plants against a sandstone wall in the front garden of The Mint.
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Acanthus - an apt symbol for The Mint

Look at any classical building today, anywhere in the world and chances are you will find an acanthus leaf lurking somewhere

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Aloe arborescens ‘candelabra aloe’

Tours at Elizabeth Farm often start alongside a large bed of succulents, dominated by towering cactus