Kirstine and Darryn McKay came to the Highlands in 2011 looking for a place to raise both their family and a sustainable edible garden. The search stopped at a character-filled cottage called Greenlaw on 1.3 acres in Burradoo. Here, they proceeded to learn so much about edible gardens that Kirstine now designs them for others and manages some long term (she’s worked on Jane and Jimmy Barnes’ Berrima garden for two years). Kirstine McKay tells the story of how she and Darryn upped Greenlaw’s green credentials and created a garden that largely feeds a family of five.
Bundanon, Arthur Boyd’s gift to the nation, has long been a magnet for art lovers. Recent additions – an art museum and the Bridge, an educational and accommodation hub – mean there’s even more reason to visit. Highlife finds out about a national cultural destination just outside the Highlands.
The Hill family of Robertson has been synonymous with potatoes for 60 years. Highlife finds out how three generations work together, how their business has moved with the times, and how they farm a crop that can be grown in a paddock only every five years.
A challenging hillside property would have deterred many gardeners, but Meg and Clive Probyn didn’t want a formal or predictable garden. They lead Highlife along a series of winding paths to show her how they created a tiered, wildlife-friendly paradise.