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South Rose Garden. Rose Beauty of Glenhurst

South Rose Garden. Rose Beauty of Glenhurst

Thankyou for viewing our website. Please Scroll  down or click on all the pages in Header         see also      http://montvillegarden.blogspot.com                                                                           and         http://www.facebook.com/montvillegarden


At “The Shambles” 9 am to 4pm  $6 entry, children free


Our garden has most areas accessible by wheelchair and has street parking for cars and coaches


Our Garden Featured on ABC TV ‘Gardening Australia” 6/6/2015 at 6 30pm   see ONLINE     http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s4248133.htm

We welcome Garden Clubs and Visiting Coach Groups.   85shambles@gmail.com

COPIES OF OUR LATEST BOOK “A GARDEN FOREVER” are AVAILABLE    To obtain a copy of this privately published limited edition book please contact us at                                                                                                                          Email 85shambles@gmail.com    or FROM   Peterpal Library Supplies, 48-50 Commercial Drive, Shailer Park QLD 4128   (07) 3806 1155. http://www.peterpal.com.au/                                            We have been selling the book for $60.00 cash (the cost of printing), cheque or direct debit with complimentary copies of ‘Overlooked and over the Fence” and DVD a “Garden in the Rain” while stocks last. Postage $13.40 for 2 books and DVD Australia wide.

“A Garden Forever, Dreams, Stories, Heritage and History” Kyleigh and Dr. Michael Simpson, 2014 ISBN 978-0-987-1375-4-8 Our latest book entitled “A Garden Forever, Dreams, Stories, Heritage and History” explores the origins of a domestic garden and how to write its history from pre-European times, through days of farming and early settlement up to the present day of ornamental gardening. We believe that this colourful book will be of vital interest to gardeners, but also genealogists and those with an interest in local, social and garden history. We hope it will serve as a template for writing domestic garden history. The history of a garden has as much to do with people as it does the physical garden so we have included stories and impressions written by family & friends and recorded timelines and the many events which have attracted thousands of garden visitors. This is a picture book filled with colourful photographs, maps and drawings embedding the sense of permanence which comes from realising that our garden will outlive us through its written history as well as its physical survival. Finally this book celebrates the curatorial task of identifying, recording and referencing the thousands of plants in hundreds of genus, species and cultivars in a plant collection which has grown over 22 years. Rather than a dry scientific list the garden inventory has been attempted in a way which makes it more readable and accessible to the home gardener. This self-published book has been printed in Brisbane when most books are being printed in China. The book will retail for $55.00 and a complimentary copy of “Over the Fence and Over Looked” a colourful hardcover book (2009) &Dvd “A garden in the Rain” will be included in your order while stocks last. Available from the author’s shambles@southernphone.com.au

Copies of ‘Overlooked and over the Fence”  with a  DVD    “A Garden in the Rain” can be purchased seperately for $25 + postage while stocks last. contact shambles@southernphone.com.au 

Also a home to lots of music: At “The Shambles Kitchen Studio” see live recordings. Lots of rehearsals, band camps and recordings over the years. Also Playing for guests, Open gardens, Parties etc                                                               https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOgViP9GhBo                                 “Smoko sessions”   live films and recording several tracks by James , John, Rob, Chris and Michael Simpson (Yes, 5 brothers)   2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMD1TU4XzVE&t=80s                           “Throw your arms around me”       Kev Cooper and Michael   2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h91t5wp7RT8                                             “Back Jack do it again”   Steely Dan       Michael 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Glho1AOYTc                                       “Smokin Melaleuca”   A tribute by Michael to the band who played at “The Shambles” many times. Martin Leonard, Kev Cooper, Garry Bain,  Chris Collie, Anthony Robinson    2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqFRfOQIV08                                           “Long Cool Woman”  ‘Darker days’   Martin Leonard, Mike McMahon, Gary Tynan and Michael  2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDL4h7CWAos                                   ” Keep Your Hands to yourself” ‘Darker Days’ Martin Leonard, Mike McMahon, Gary Tynan and Michael  2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSbsf44V_vw                                                      “It Don’t Easy”, “Starting Over”  “The Parting Glass’        Simmo

“The Shambles”  is a name we gave the garden about 24 years ago.

 A little over 118 years ago the land around us in Montville changed from  rainforest of special significance to the indigenous Gubbi Gubbi people during their “Bonyi Bonyi” festivals, to a source of timber and then cleared for dairying and agriculture, namely strawberries,  pineapples, citrus fruit and other orchard crops.

About 30 years ago things started to change again and land cleared for agriculture and orchards started to grow trees and shrubs again for private residential  gardens

For twenty six years we have built up an extensive plant collection around our century old farmhouse. We have a registered collection of “Heritage Roses” and perennial Salvias in a garden with thousands of plants in hundreds of genus from around the world.

For the last 18 years many visitors have trod our garden paths and enjoyed “Open Garden” visits, Book Launches and Bus trips.

We hope you enjoy reading this site and following our gardens story. 

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