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National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia
Bonsai and penjing, created by artists from around Australia, form the fi rst garden of the National Arboretum
Canberra. This permanent display offers a mix of exotic and native trees displayed in an open air pavilion in the
heart of Canberra. Imagine walking in a forest of Montezuma cypress along the Gulf of Mexico or see the amazing
Australian gum tree as a bonsai enjoy the fi ne tracery of the deciduous trees in miniature in all their winter glory
Where: Located in the rear of the Cottage near Stage 88 in Commonwealth Park Canberra.
Open: 7 days 10am 'till 3pm and extended hours during Floriade.
(CLOSED Christmas Day and from Monday 23rd August till Friday 10th September and from Monday 11th
October till Sunday 31st October inclusive). Free Admission
Parking available at Regatta Point (Regatta Place, Parkes ACT) Tel: 02 6262 9219 or mob 0418 611 488
Free Admission Parking at Regatta Point (Regatta Place, Parkes ACT)
NATIONAL BONSAI AND PENJING
COLLECTION OF AUSTRALIA
expensive food, but it's a food that goes a
Quality is a top priority on Sherry's
quarantined site, where all tools, quad bikes
and lawn mowers are dedicated to the
site and not used anywhere else. Boots are
washed in a solution prior to entering the
site, so as not to carry any infection in and
weeds are constantly cleared and trees are
While most truffiere owners are very
secretive about their location, Sherry is more
than happy to disclose the whereabouts of
her Majura Road farm.
If three-metre-high fencing topped with
barbed wire, sensor lights on telegraph poles
positioned around the property and back-
to-base alarm system don't deter poachers,
Sherry said the fact that no truffles are
stored onsite should seal the deal.
Although it now comes as second
nature, managing one of the region's largest
truffieres wasn't originally on Sherry's to-do
list. In 1998, she and her husband Gavan
-- then the owner of one of the largest civil
engineering companies in Canberra -- were
happily leading "city lives" in Red Hill when
they hit a speed bump.
"Gavan, who appeared to be very fit,
and was running three days a week and
cycling five days a week, was diagnosed with
Parkinsons disease. That really threw us into
thinking about our lifestyle.
"Two days after his diagnosis he woke
up and said: I'm buying a farm. I've always
wanted to buy a farm."
Both Gavan and Sherry knew very little
about farming, but never the less, four
months later they purchased a hobby farm.
"And to be honest with you, I thought
we'd be here for three years," Sherry
shrugged. "We'll have the experience, we'll
have the lifestyle, and then we'll go back to
the city and get on with our lives."
Within six months, moving back to the
city had become a distant thought as Sherry
had found the farmer within.
"We looked at wine, we looked at olives
and I started to research truffles, which I
knew little about -- except that you used
them for cooking. "What began for
Gavan and I as a hobby, has become an
"It's been a wonderful interest for both of
us and it has created an environment where
Gavan is living a very healthy lifestyle. He
can access anywhere on the farm on the
quad bike, although he's now reached a stage
where he is unable to do any physical work
on the site."
And then, there are the truffles.
"They are indescribable. It's one of
the reasons truffles are recognised as an
international gourmet food -- because they
are uniquely different. The aroma is like
After last year's Talk & Taste and Truffle
Sunday Lunch at Old Parliament House
which attracted more than 200 people, The
Kitchen Cabinet and Sherry have joined
For those who want to know more about
truffles, a truffle inspired event will be held
on Sunday, July 11.
Where: The Kitchen Cabinet, Old
When: Sunday, July 11
Cost: $20 for the Talk and Taste,
$30 for the Truffle Sunday Lunch --
Phone: 6273 4366
EXCEPTIONAL: Sherry McArdle-English with her faithful truffle dog.
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