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Welcome to another issue of Australian Country Homes. I don’t know about you, but here at AC HQ, we’ve had enough of the cold weather. So this issue we’re looking forward to the arrival of spring and the stories we’ve selected from our parent title, Australian Country, all have a focus on one of the great delights of the season, the rebirth of the garden.
To quote the great British garden designer Gertrude Jekyll: “A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and carefulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.” The people featured on these pages have learnt all these lessons and have generously agreed to share their stories. They have also discovered that gardening is good for not just physical wellbeing, but also mental health. If you fancy a big dose of gardening tonic, Alice Griffin has trawled the country to find some wonderful guest houses and BnBs with beautiful gardens that will restore body and soul with a break in their leafy environs. Turn to page 42 for that story.
To return to Gertrude Jekyll: ”The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.” We hope that this issue inspires you to look to your own garden, whether it’s a balcony, courtyard or vast park-like expanse, and devote some time to nourishing the soil and reaping the benefits of growing your own food (even it that’s just herbs) and the unbridled pleasure of nurturing your own flowers, either in the vase or on the plant.
Kirsty McKenzie, Editor