Friday, April 16, 2010

Garden @ Brabourne Farm












When we bought Brabourne Farm nearly 10 years ago there was no house and not one tree on the entire 100 acres - the land had been cleared for farming many years ago and was covered in rocks and long grass.  Thousands of trees and plants later and after countless hours of gardening and sheer hard labour, our dream of what the garden would be like is starting to come true.  It's been a long journey which I admit sometimes nearly got the better of me but it has been worth every second.   To see more garden photos click here, here and here.

Images - Brabourne Farm

56 comments:

  1. Your gardens are stunning - perfect but in a natural way. I'm envious that you have all that open space to disappear in! Fabulous job ~ your hard work definately paid off.
    Sarah

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  2. Beautiful and amazing work done at Brabourne Farm. I can just imagine grand ol' parties, summer get-togethers for some yummy bar b q-ing.

    Thanks for sharing

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  3. Leigh, Your grounds are absolutely breathtaking. And I'm totally inspired as we too have had to start from scratch as so much of the gardens around the house were lost during the renovation. We've planted at least a dozen trees, thirty five or so laurel, forty boxwood, over fifty hedge roses, twenty hydrangea....so your property reminds me of all the beauty that's to come. xoTrina

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  4. Oh Leigh, it's heaven... perfection. Well done. A-m xx

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  5. Pretty unbelievable progress in just 10 short years. And I'm thankful I don't have to mow that lawn. Love the first photo looking through the two trees at the perfect yellow-green grass.

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  6. Oh, I cannot tell you how much Edward would love your garden. So much room to run!

    Really beautiful!

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  7. Oh my, that is stunning. I would love to park myself on that bench for a good, long contemplate! You must be so pleased to see all your hard work has paid off so brilliantly.

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  8. Wow, Leigh. I've often wondered the history of your home. I'm blown away that you created those gardens from scratch. Well done!! What a mammoth job.
    I'm very impressed (for what that is worth) LOL.
    x

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  9. I am just amazed that you did all of that. It looks like it has been that way forever. I don't think I could have waited 10 years for all of that splendor. You are very fortunate to see that everyday and live it!

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  10. HI Leigh, it's absolutely incredible what you've achieved - no doubt it's still lots of hard work but worth it.

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  11. Wow, wow, wow. You have done a truly beautiful job! xoxo

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  12. Sigh...wonderful. What an incredible lot of work you have done Leigh and such an amazing result. I'm sure it changes with the seasons and must be a treat in Spring. Thanks for showing us more of your property, it's a dream.
    Angex

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  13. Leah,
    I am wishing, once again, I could just crawl through my computer and sit on the bench with you, sipping lemonade and take in the beautiful views!!!
    ~Rebecca

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  14. Oh Leigh, how impressive and beautiful is your place.
    How much time does it take to keep it now, when gardens are established? Do you get any help with mowing, hedging...
    It is my dream to have the place like this some day.
    Have a great weekend and enjoy the beauty.
    X
    V

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  15. It is so,so lovely. Every day would be bliss there. Melxxx

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  16. Speechless, absolutely stunning. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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  17. incredible! love. love. love!! i really enjoy your blog and the images you choose to share, but my favorite posts are the ones of your gorgeous property! all your hard work is paying off indeedy! good job.

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  18. your property is absolutely dreamy xx

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  19. You have done an amazing job! Your garden is stunning - looks like a great place for hiding away from the world :)

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  20. My God - what a garden! I'm speechless. Your work is incredible and magnificent. Wonderful!!!

    Greetings and beso

    VINTAGE

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  21. Leigh! Your gardens and grounds are just beautiful! You have truly turned it into a gorgeous haven! ;) Thank you for sharing!

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  22. Amazing achievement Leigh. I work in landscape architecture, on a commercial scale, so i know full well what a huge achievement this is. you should be so proud of what you've done!julesx

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  23. Leigh this is just amazing, a fabulous job to turn what you had into this oasis. Truly fantastic. I love firs, we have not long ago put in 300 I'm hoping they will look like your's one day :) Love your lawn too, it's gorgeous.

    I just saw your hedge in the last photo, great for ten years!

    xoxo DJ

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  24. Leigh, I know exactly what you mean.... Your home and gardens are beautiful and so worth all the hard work and the long waiting. xv

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  25. I can get lost in your pictures... I can imagine walking the gardens and taking in all of the beauty they offer. It looks like it was touched by God. I have really enjoyed your blog and all you share.

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  26. These are the pics I enjoy most on your blog. We have about 15 cleared acres of clay soil on sloping land. Nuff said! I long for the lush look of formal green on green planting just like your stunning property. We are just starting our journey in our 'garden' ....hmmmm
    xxLyn
    p.s our newly sown lawn just got a total munching by the roos, any tips other than 'no lawn'?

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  27. I know you know this but you are truly one of my garden idols. If only I could have one postage stamp in my yard that looked this good. I just can't seem to every get past grass, trees, ivy, boxwoods and an occasional fern. One day though, I too, will achieve some form of order that I love. Congratulations on a decade worth of very hard work and now you can sit back and enjoy. Hope you have a great weekend.

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  28. stunning- Looking at the long strip of grass makes me want to run barefoot through it! ;)

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  29. Really lovely Leigh. I thought the garden might have been older. All that work was worth it. The nice thing is it will continue to evolve. What a magic place.

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  30. Leigh we are on one acre and I don't no where to start you have 100 Oh My God. What an absolute credit to you - Just perfection you must be so proud. Sandy x

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  31. Wow...love an all green garden.
    Amazing job, thanks for sharing

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  32. Your property looks beautiful and well-loved....more than a garden. Looking at that expanse I feel like taking a deep breath and exhaling all the urban cares. Well worth your hard work!

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  33. Gorgeous, gorgeous garden. And to think that you started with nothing, you must be very proud of what you have achieved in such a short time.

    Bon weekend a toi,

    Leeann x

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  34. Oh what a beautiful beautiful garden. I would be stopping too often to gaze at the vista. No work would get done. Truly special! Happy weekend.

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  35. Leigh, what you have achieved is just short of amazing, remind me never, ever to put up photos of our garden and the very little we have achieved in 12 years! Do you enter the open gardens?

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  36. Leigh, your property is just breathtaking. A lot of hard work, but look at it now.

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  37. Oh, so gorgeous. And thank you for bringing more trees into the world. It must be so exciting for your vision to start to come together, and it looks just stunning already!

    Have a fabulous day, and if you haven't had a chance yet, pop on by and check out my Catherine Deneuve giveaway! XO!

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  38. I can't tell you how much I love this...replanting trees is such a wonderful gift to the planet...smiles.

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  39. oh Leigh, it's amazing the work you've done. I greatly admire you. 10 years to turn rocks and long grass into a magnificent garden! truly fantastic!
    hope you have a lovely weekend, darling! xo

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  40. the view is just divine! it looks so tranquil and i would love to walk barefoot around your property with a cup of coffee or tea. you have a great weekend! maryann

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  41. You've done so much for yourselves and so much for the land. What a wonderful accomplishment. You must feel so proud, it's a beautiful garden with so much to offer. Rxx

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  42. Yes, dear Leigh & Mr. Brabourne, when it comes to gardens of this size there are no short cuts or magic bullets, just lots of blood, sweat & tears (& a smoking cheque book)! You are creating a beautiful place not just for you, but for those who'll enjoy it in the future. Love your work!!
    Millie ^_^

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  43. wow. I had no idea. It makes it all the more impressive. wow.

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  44. Leigh, I can only imagine that you and your husband must have had such vision to create such a beautiful garden on such a grand scale. Simply beautiful. Lee :)

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  45. Oh Leigh, your garden is like something straight off the pages of a magazine!! Gorgeous! All that hard work and planting has certainly paid off :)

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  46. The garden looks SUPERB!! A real dream.

    Would be great if you did a post showing some of the BEFORE (and possible after) shots. That way we can see how much of a difference there was.

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  47. I really would love to come visit, I would bring my watercolors and you would find me illustrating everything. Your farm is heavenly-
    pve

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  48. Aussie ingenuity I say...just beautiful and you must be so proud of what you have accomplished Leigh. I am assuming you have a partner who shares this love of yours. It looks like a very special place that has been tended with love and care over ten long years. What a sense of achievement and pride you must feel when you look at it now. I am assuming your wonderful home has been featured in a magazine many times over by now...if not I am sure they are keen to do so!

    All the best

    Jeanne :)

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  49. Your garden is absolutely gorgeous!

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  50. Hi Leigh. I love your gardens! What trees do you have in your rectangular parterre? That is a different view of your side column photo (with bench) I believe. Gorgeous. Merci, Trish

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  51. What beautiful grounds! Just lovely!

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