Exclusive to National Trust and Australian Garden Historical Society members, this walk will depart from the Blue Range Campground – site of an Italian internment camp during WWII. An hour’s walk requiring a medium level of fitness, will take us uphill to a lovely view then through pine forests and open grassland to the heritage-listed Sherwood site. It is a remnant garden first established by Henry and Eliza Phillips in 1863. It will be a bonus to have their descendents accompany us.
Capturing attention in late summer, local media reported the digging up of 300 daffodil bulbs, left undisturbed for 150 years. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/saving-sherwood-homesteads-daffodils-one-bulb-at-a-time-20160225-gn404s.html This rare Rip van Winkel variety will be displayed at this year’s Floriade. There are still hundreds of bulbs there, so hopefully our timing will be right to delight in this isolated oasis in a remote part of the Territory. Hear from historian Anne Claoue Long, a Ranger and Chris Ware (tbc) from Yarralumla Nursery about the site.
Meet at Blue Range Campground, Blue Range Road, 2.6km off the Brindabella Road, Uriarra. A code will be needed to access the gate to the site. This will be given to you in September as well as a map. (There is no mobile phone coverage, only at the hill near Sherwood.)
Bring a picnic lunch to carry in. There is some seating at the site. Afternoon tea will be provided afterwards back at Blue Range Hut. Total walk is about 6km.