The countdown is on! This weekend I am delighted to invite you to view an exhibition of paintings by abstract landscape artist MATILDA DUMAS here at GLENMORE HOUSE. Bold, joyful, vibrant.....I can't wait to see these works hanging together in the Dairy where I know they will create an enormous impact.
In tandem with the exhibition (and due to so many requests!) we will also OPEN THE GARDEN on both days, SATURDAY 4 and SUNDAY 5 NOVEMBER, 10AM - 4PM. Please note this opening is not on the scale of the last few with all the stalls or food, but for those who are keen to view the exhibition and to have the opportunity to wander in the garden at a time we don't usually open....as the garden enters its next phase....on its magical march towards summer. As I write, an event in itself is unfurling in the front courtyard, where two Agave Americana have thrown up enormous spears: on their way to flowering, this is a spectacle unlikely to be repeated for some years to come!
For those who are wondering where to lunch at the weekend, I've been in discussion with 'Epicure' in Camden, who have confirmed they will be happy to put together a little picnic for you, as long as you have your orders in (direct with them) by 4pm on Friday. All details here.
Yes, I will open the Barn! There will be Elderflower cordial on tap and I will have a collection of Glenmore plants for you to buy. We won't have the usual community support (I hatched this plan to open on the spur of the moment, too late to round up the troops!) so ask you to park sensibly, be considerate to fellow visitors and to take any rubbish away with you.
Til will be painting en plein air in the Hayshed, so you will be able to chat with her, and I will be delighted to answer garden questions too.
We very much look forward to seeing you during the course of the weekend. You can discover all the details here, and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
The current weather report suggests it may be rather cooler this coming weekend, possibly even raining. Is my inclusion of Til's painting above an omen? I really wish it was still raining, but preferably not this coming weekend! If it does, just wear gum boots and bring an umbrella....I do so love a garden visit in the rain....
Very best wishes as always,
ps I've been invited by the Historic Houses Association to give a talk about our Glenmore garden making journey next Tuesday 7 November at 10am at the National Trust Centre, Observatory Hill, Sydney. If you would like to come along, all details are on the HHA web page here....just scroll down 'til you see the event mentioned.
pps I've just realised that's Melbourne Cup day! The morning's talk and tea will be well over in time for you to catch the gee-gees......due to end at 11.30, you could even get to a glam lunch in your finery!