In 2003, bush-fires ravaged the old Nil Desperandum homestead. After the fires, the historic rammed-earth cottage was re-built to the original 1896 design. Nil Desperandum forms part of the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve (near Canberra). Amidst the devastation wrought by the fires, a part of a commercial camellia plantation somehow managed to survive. Surrounded by dense bush on all sides, it truly is a miracle garden.
Delicate but enduring.
Beyond the fence.
Members of the public who are up for a hike (9 km return), can visit the garden. On a cool late-winter’s day, it was the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of city living.