Apologies for tear streaked cover
photograph. Not indicative of the real product.
"A Year in my (Gulag) Garden"
available 2014, by Kyleigh and Chris Donlen. This book
anwsers all sorts of gardening questions without the serious
'hoo haa'. We were all thinking it but this light hearted
book comes out and says it. ISBN 978-0-9804304-3-
Book Launch 8th February
2014, welcomed many garden visitors. Only a handful of books
left available after the day.
Kyleigh with roses
Rose 'Professeur Graniviat'
'Ally's Rose' (multiflora
Gatehouse in the
background "The Shambles"
The climate of the coastal ranges in
South East Queensland , such as the Blackall Range, favours
a large range of temperate climate and subtropical plants.
In our book "Over the Fence and Overlooked, Traditional
Plants in Queensland's Garden Heritage" we inventory and
describe many of these.
Our 1/2 DVD "A Garden in the Rain,
'The Shambles' at Montville", illustrates many wonderful
garden plants and travels through the scenic borrowed
landscape of the Blackall Ranges with dramatic coastal and
Grandbaby Leo and Kyleigh in the
We are also developing Leo's garden
in Brisbane. We have spent the last 4 years redeveloping the
gardens at the Montville Village Hall and the Montville
Yellow Buddleja 'Wattlebird'
Abutilon x hybridum Double
Pink, grown with double pink old fashioned roses.
Camellia sasanqua Edna
North Rose garden, "The Shambles"
Our House imagined as it was from
1912 and certainly up to the 1930s as a Pineapple and citrus
and 'Zepherine Drouhin'
Relaxing in "The
Plough Inn" , Ben, Grace, John, Mum holding grandbaby Leo
Our beautiful garden
is set in Montville which is located on the scenic Blackall
Range in the Sunshine Coast hinterland ,in South East
Queensland, Australia. "The Shambles" is a delightful
ornamental country garden and has a large inventory of
plants. The garden has a rambling design with large trees,
meandering pathways and many interesting garden spaces. It
is a collectors garden, not an exhibition garden and has
inspired four books and our 1/2 hour DVD.
garden around our century old farm house has been described
and photographed during research for our 2010 book
"Australian Gardens Making History,
The Vital Role of Making and Keeping Garden Inventories"
for official launch with Australian Garden History Society,
Noosa Botanical gardens 17/4/2011
which joins our others books
including, "The Shambles, the story of a Montville Garden"
"Over the fence and Overlooked,
Traditional Plants in Queensland's Garden Heritage"
and our 1/2 hr Garden DVD (Hd DVD) ,"A Garden
in the Rain, 'The Shambles' at Montville" Both these limited edition and rare
publications can be obtained by contacting us.
through our e-mail address below, or by printing and posting
the order form in this website.
Le Jardin, Garden Centre, Flaxton
Rosetta Bookshop, Maple St. Maleny
Springfields Garden Centre, Wacol,
contact Noel Burdette
rose "Comptesse de Labarthe" syn. "Montville Rose" and also
"Duchesse de Brabant" at "The Shambles"
Rosa 'Beauty of Glenhurst' at "The
Rustic fountain or coral and shell at "The Shambles"
Brunfelsia latifolia and our
'wishing well' overhung by Michelia champaca.
Lichen, barbed wire and old fence
post, product of a moist elevated environment with pure air.
Iochroma cyaneum, near South Rose
Our recent gardening
book. 2012 explores the
experience of opening a garden and
some special places.
This is a
grown ups picture
book but has
plenty for the serious gardener
garden historian with chapters on hosting
an open garden, preparation for
opening a garden
the roadside as a
garden, garden history,
homestead gardens, visiting gardens
in a group and
more. Sold out.
Grandbaby Leo helping at our Open
Kyleigh at her favourite thing to
do (which is mowing of course)
Shambles" is small in area but with lots of
interesting paths and secret
places, a place which is
very popular with children and with
our dog "Cooper"
Our garden has featured in the
recent publications "Earth
published to illustrate the diversity of interests of people
in the Blackall Range region.
Also in issue 19 of
Subtropical Gardening Magazine
EVENTS at 'The Shambles'
Open Garden September 2000
1st Prize, "Gardens in the Sun"
Home Garden over 1000m'
Book Launch "The Shambles, the
Story of a Montville Garden"
Book Launch "Over the Fence and
Overlooked, Heritage Plants
in Australian Gardening Heritage"
Christmas Party, Australian
Gardening History Society 2009
The Open garden here 9th and 10th
June 2010 for the Maleny
"Arts and Gardens" festival
had 1200 visitors
Enjoyed the visit of the
International Tropical Foliage
and Garden club, 26/6/2010
5th October 2010: National Tour by
large group from
Heritage Roses in Australia
enjoyed lunch and our garden
Roses especially in great display ,
on a lovely fine day.
9th and 10th October 2010: Open Days
Open Garden Scheme. Fantastic plants
for sale by
Hunchy Community Association, and a
large number of
rare Heritage Roses displayed
beautifully by Kate Stock.
Book launch "Australian Gardens Making
Noosa Botanical Gardens , with
History Society 17th April 2011
Australian Open Garden Scheme.
saturday and sunday
17th and 18th september 2011.
Beautiful fine weather
over 400 visitors enjoyed a beautiful
Conference speakers at the
Australian Garden History
National Conference , Maryborough ,
19th August 2011.
Visit: Cross Country tours, 30 folk
Open Gardens Australia : Easter
saturday, sunday, monday
2012, Beautiful weather and about
1050 paying visitors plus
100 or so children. A highly successful event.
Bus touring groups on the Saturday
12 May 20 from
Bellflower Garden Club, Sunday ,
13th May 40 from
Toowoomba . Beautiful fine weather.
38 visitors from Victoria Point,
20 Visitors from Hervey Bay ,
About 100 guests at Garden party,
Book Launch and
grand re-opening of the "Plough
Inn". 22/9/2012. A
very enjoyable event and the book
"An Open Garden",
Talk to Roselovers Group at
Bus trip, about 30 visitors from
Talk to Maleny Garden Club at Witta
Visit by Vintage car Club, Blackall
Carriage club, 23/6/13
Townsville Garden Club, 40 visitors
for lunch and a garden
tour July 2013.
Garden visit and morning tea, 31 Red
Hat ladies 19/8/13
Kyogle, Grafton and Tenterfield with Heritage
Roses in Australia Oct 2013
Annual Conference Australian Garden
Armidale Oct 2013.
Book Launch "A Year in my Gulag/
Very well attended, garden in
great condition and
fine weather on the day.
About 100 visitors.
"Easter in the garden" Giant
Plant stall Easter 2014
about 700 visitors, lovely fine
weather , garden in full
display. Very successful
fundraiser for the "Hunchy
Community Association" and the
Horseless carriage Club"
Bus trip with 46 memebes of Green
Park garden Club
28th April 2014.