Jill Brown’s Garden

Jill’s cottage garden is constantly evolving and changing. She has created her own little haven right in the middle of town. Her love of propagating new plants and welcoming cuttings and contributions from friends’ gardens, has produced a garden filled with colour, texture and scents all year round.

The original clay soil has been improved naturally over the years with leaves, lucerne hay, cow manure, blood and bone and lots and lots of homemade compost. Jill’s technique is to cover the ground with mulch and dense plantings so the weeds don’t have a chance to grow.

As you stroll through the garden, Jill’s passion for plants is revealed constantly with each bend in the wandering paths, or with a simple turn of the head. Myriad shrubs, perennials, annuals and bulbs, both native and exotic, fill the block including a wonderful array of cold-climate plants.

Spring flowers such as tulip and lily; aquilegia, epimedium and linaria; delphinium and poppy; magnolia and dogwood are just a very small sample of what can be found. Sitting, contemplating the delights of nature, the sunlight filtering through leaves and branches, enjoying her garden is the best reward Jill could ask for.

“Gardening is my meditation and my exercise,” she says.