Set on 10ha (25 acres), Roogulli Small Farm is used to graze alpacas and llamas. Brooks Creek runs along one boundary and the owners have done extensive clearing of weeds and replanting of native vegetation along its banks.
The ornamental rock garden wrapping around the house is planted with native grassland plants and has no artificial irrigation. A dry creek bed drains water away from the house and curved mudbrick walls protect two courtyards. The house is energy efficient, solar powered and off-grid. On the northern side of the house, pergolas shade the windows in summer while providing views to the visiting wildlife on the large dam. The garden has been built using materials salvaged from the site, second hand materials collected from around Canberra and recycled products.
The large kitchen garden includes a poly tunnel fitted out with wicking beds for all year round vegetable production as well as conventional vegetable beds, berries and espalier heritage apples. The hens next door provide a composting and pest clean up service.
The food forest, which had only just been planted when the garden was last open, now boasts established fruit trees, swales diverting water from the driveway, chop and drop mulch, ducks and the ‘Bath House’.
The garden has won multiple design awards and been featured in books and magazines. It is used to explore and test ideas for living and gardening more sustainably in the 21st century on small and larger blocks and is home to the Fresh Landscape Design studio.
Farm walks both days at 11am
Bywong Nursery will be selling native plant cultivars that are bred and selected locally and perfect for our climate
Abbeyfield House Bungendore will be doing morning and afternoon teas
Also see www.freshlandscape.com.au
Directions to Roogulli
From Canberra, take the Federal Highway towards Goulburn (if you get to Lake George you’ve gone too far). Turn right into Bungendore Rd (next turnoff after Macs Reef Rd). Just after Gum Flat Creek crossing turn left onto Creekborough Road.
About 400m down Creekborough Rd, turn right onto Glendale Lane (dirt road). Roogulli is at the end on the left – the grey colorbond house.