“THE SHAMBLES” is a private country garden in Montville , Queensland Click on each Menu page and scroll down

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SUN  17TH    april 2022                                                                           “The Shambles”       85 Western Avenue Montville

“Wongawilli”  19 Manley Drive, Montville

“Lower Woontooba”   242 Western Avenue, Montville

Admission $10   to each garden, under 18 free             Plant stalls  + refreshments

All funds for Cittimani Hospice  www.cittamanihospice.com.au

Three contrasting country gardens in the beautiful borrowed landscape of the Blackall Range


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.  email  85shambles@gmail.com


are AVAILABLE    To obtain a copy of these privately published limited edition books 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/

Our Latest Books “Our Queenslanders, Homes*Gardens, Their Second Century”  400 pages, hard cover, full colour $65   + postage ($15)

“Queenslander Gardens, Plants for Their Second Century” 160 pages $25 + postage ($12)

We will be selling our books for  less than the cost of printing), cheque or direct debit with complimentary copies of ‘A Garden Forever” , ‘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.

Copies of  “A Garden Forever”, ‘Over the Fence and Overlooked ”  with a  DVD    “A Garden in the Rain” can be purchased separately  + postage while stocks last. contact 85shambles@gmail.com

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. 

see also http://montvillegarden.blogspot.com

and  http://www.facebook.com/montvillegarden

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