Bronte House Opens To The Public For A Spring Festival

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Bronte House  470 Bronte Rd   Bronte NSW 2024


Summer at Bronte

The Bronte House garden comes to life in summer — and late November is the

perfect time to see it in full bloom. Perennials are in their prime this time of the

year — with displays of colour, form and fragrance.

The garden is open only a few days each year giving garden enthusiasts an

opportunity to wander through a modern interpretation of a Victorian garden set

to the backdrop of a 19th century gothic cottage. 

On Saturday, the winners of the Waverley Council Garden Competition will be

announced at midday, with a presentation by the Mayor, Councillor Sally Betts.

On Sunday at 11am, Bronte House Head Gardener Myles Baldwin’s will talk on

the ‘Gardens of Sydney’.  He will be available on both days to answer questions

on garden design and horticultural challenges.

There will be plant propagation demonstrations by Bronte House gardener

Graham Rowe at 2pm on both days.

Those who have done the popular beach walk from Bondi to Bronte can relax in

the sanctuary of the garden with a well deserved coffee or cool drink, or browse

at the special plant sale, by the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens -  made up

from a selection of old world species inspired by the works at Bronte House.

* Media enquiries, call Helen O’Brien on 0488101 292

Or email 

Bronte House  470 Bronte Rd   Bronte NSW 2024

How to get there and other useful information

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The garden at Bronte House is Australia’s top “Gardenesque” Perennial garden.

The Gardenesque style began in the mid 1800’s during the reign of Queen Victoria and

the expansion of the British Empire.  During this time botanists and collectors, exposed to

newly discovered exotic worlds, experimented with plant materials in ornamental

gardening.  Combining these strange and unusual specimens with more familiar

European plantings led to the development of the Gardenesque style.

Typically the gardens were created from feature specimens and broad brush strokes of

masculine colours, arranged in decorative perennial beddings and arboretums,

highlighting the exoticness of a plant or eclectic grouping. 

At Bronte House the landscape is divided into themed gardens including a

Mediterranean succulent garden, a sub tropic walk and coloured perennial borders,

where tropical Crinums and Gingers are planted alongside Mediterranean salvia and

English roses.  Few and far between in Sydney, other outstanding examples of

“Gardenesque” are the gardens at Government House and the palm grove at the Royal

Botanic Gardens Sydney.


Bronte House, 

470 Bronte Road, 

Bronte         2024



10am – 4pm


adults $8, concession $4

children under 5 free


‘Period Gardens, Landscapes for Houses with History’ by

Myles Baldwin, head gardener, will be on sale at the open



media enquiries:

call Helen O’Brien on 0488101 292 

or email

Bronte is a popular beach and the area around Bronte Road becomes crowded

on weekends.  Visitors are advised to take public transport or to park in nearby

streets and walk to Bronte House.

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