Gardening Australia in Highfields

Highfields native garden to feature on Gardening Australia

GARDENING Australia presenter Jerry Coleby-Williams ticked an item off his bucket list when he visited Gordon and Maria Reynolds' Highfields garden today.

The ABC presenter and camera crew are in town to film two different segments for its 2017 season.

Mr Coleby-Williams heard of the couple on the gardening grapevine.

"They have an Australian native garden and in the sense of native plants, that's not uncommon, a lot of people grow native plants but what is unusual about this garden is the style and standard to which it is maintained," he said.

Mr Coleby-Williams had long-admired the gardeners' prize-winning garden at 40 Smythe Dr.

NATIVE OASIS: Gardening Australia presenter Jerry Coleby-Williams (left) visits Highfields gardeners Gordon and Maria Reynolds to film a segment for the show's 2017 season.
NATIVE OASIS: Gardening Australia presenter Jerry Coleby-Williams (left) visits Highfields gardeners Gordon and Maria Reynolds to film a segment for the show's 2017 season. Nev Madsen

"I migrated to Australia because of the wild flowers," he said.

"In a way it's like a glass ceiling - people see Australian plants, they like them but they don't want to replicate a slice of the Australian bush in their backyards because they want to see things clipped, trimmed, groomed and well presented.

"A lot of gardeners cannot get an idea of how a part of the wild can be maintained that way and that's why they need to see gardens like this one."

Mr Reynolds hoped the segment, due to air around September next year, would inspire other Australian gardeners to go native.

Mrs Reynolds said they were drawn to native gardening because of the birds it brought.

Tomorrow Gardening Australia will film a second segment at the Japanese Gardens.


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