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What some people have said...

"A magnet for visitors and students...native planting makes fascinating sense...two gardeners' personal Eden..." Robin Lane-Fox, gardening correspondent, Financial Times, London

"Blooming marvellous" Angus Stewart, Gardening Australia presenter

" fast becoming recognised as one of Tasmania's real horticultural treasures. The garden is beautiful...there is always something with colour..." Liz Francis, "Gorgeous Gardens Way Down South" Published by Forty Degrees South

"Very wonderful!! I enjoyed very much." V Shinji, Tokyo, Japan

"Magnificent, a truly lovely garden, haven to the birds, insects etc" Narelle and Francis Kean, Junction Hill NSW

"A real credit to you both - congratulations" Tom and Chris Connelly, West Pennant Hills NSW

" This is a very lovely garden, a lot of hard work has been put into it, which makes it all the more beautiful. It really is nice to see such appreciation for Australia and its natural history. Thank you for the opportunity to see such a great and surreal place" Rebecca Horne, Canberra

"A really wonderful place - fantastic!" Chris Foxall, Sue Dufdyn, Norfolk UK

"Thank you for sharing your wonderful garden with us." Les and Kay Chapman, Middlesborough UK

"Lovely place." Joe and Susan Donahue, Washington DC.

"Wunderbar! Thanks!" Stephan Waguer, Heinsberg, Germany

"Congratulations on the transformation of this incredible site. Lovely and we will return." Kate Heffernan and Alan Donaldson, Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens

"Hi, Bill and Margaret, your beautiful gardens are famous..." Susie De Carteret, Channel Islands, UK

"Beautiful, a credit to you both" Clare Barber, Mukinbudin WA

"Spectacular views, combined with peace and serenity." Stephen and Annalise Accornero, Ingham QLD

"Good birds, lovely views." David and Ann Bishop, Liverpool UK

"Delightful display of Australian natives to inspire us." Wendy Kerr, Yackandandah VIC

"This lovely Tasmanian garden is full of Australian plants and I have rarely seen so many Australian birds all in one place before. I visited...with the Judge's Association...and everyone loved it. When you have about 40 judges visiting a garden together it makes for an interesting time. We all gave this one the thumbs up. If I had been judging in a garden competition, I would have rated it very highly." Maureen Lucas, Editor, "Gardeners Gazette", Royal Horticultural Society of Victoria.

"The abundance of visiting bird life is one of the key attractions...I sat for a while waiting for the cameras to roll and spotted birds galore in the tranquil environment..."Jane Edmanson, Gardening Australia Magazine, September 2009

"...Thousands of visitors have trodden the paths, watched for the 92 bird species, delighted in the native scents and admired the view." Johanna Baker-Dowdell, "The Senior', October 2011

" A secret garden tucked away behind the Margate Train reveals a world steeped in history..." Tasmanian Country, June 17, 2011

"As we walk, small birds flit through the garden...With the spring rain, the garden has burst into bloom and growth. The paper daisies look stunning..." Jennifer Stackhouse, Hobart Mercury's Saturday Magazine, November 27, 2010

"Bill and Margaret Chestnut have devoted a late career change to furthering the cause of Australian native plants and the development of a unique Australian gardening style. Their magnificent property at Margate is testament to their quest and they are inspiring others..."Jane Lovibond, "Tas Regions" Magazine, Summer 2009

"Really enjoyed the interpretation panels" Stephany Fehre, Hobart

"Loved our time here -stunning interpretation panels" Megan and Mal Coote, Melbourne

"Sighted a Banded Lapwing - stunnningly beautiful" Maxine Jackson, Hobart

"Absolutely marvellous morning...breakfast with the birds was a delight...the early morning beauty of your wonder filled gardens...what a delight to see and hear so many birds...we learnt so much...memories we will always treasure" Chris Campton, Hobart

"Excellent!" Ian Watt, Dorset, UK

"The birds must bless you!" Audrey Maidenwell, QLD.

David Taylor, Howrah, TAS "A great asset to Southern Tasmania"

Phillip and Elizabeth Slatter, Chappel Hill, QLD "You have truly done a mighty job. If we were all like you the world would surely be a very different place."

Neels, Erasme and Max, South Africa "I am in awe for the transformation of the garden in only ten years."

"Our second visit and even more beautiful than the last time" Maurice and Beryl Burbidge, Bexhill-on-Sea, England

"Brilliant, my kind of gardening" Margaret Lear, horticulturalist, Perthsire, Scotland.

"Very nice and special feeling, thanks a lot" The Dong Family, Shanghai, 2/1/16

"Beautiful, thank you" Ethel and Toney Hosking, Chichester, UK, 1/1/16

"What fun, enjoyed it so much" Jim and Cathy Murray, California, 17/12/15

"Beautiful, we loved it. Thanks." Lonergan Family, California 22/12/15

"Thanks for having such a lovely garden. I enjoyed the history boards." Cherrol McGhee, Poppies Garden Group, 22/11/15
















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