Gar­den open for all to see

Benalla Ensign - - News -

One of Win­ton’s most spec­tac­u­lar gar­dens will be open to the pub­lic for the first time, with all pro­ceeds go­ing to the Be­nalla Fam­ily Re­search Group.

Gi­rawheen is set on 3.2 ha fea­tur­ing a coun­trystyle house sur­rounded by in­for­mal plant­ings and vis­i­tors are wel­come on the week­end of Novem­ber 4 and 5.

The gar­den in­cludes a se­lec­tion of na­tive plants, a range of other trees and a col­lec­tion of roses, iris, bulbs and peren­ni­als.

Also fea­tured is the ex­ten­sive use of rock for the re­tain­ing walls of the sum­mer house, foun­tain, front en­trance and ex­ten­sive edg­ing of paths and gar­den beds.

The na­tive area of the gar­den has been de­vel­oped as a haven for wildlife and fea­tures ex­ten­sive plant­ings of bird-at­tract­ing plants.

Th­ese in­clude banksias, cal­lis­te­mon, melaleu­cas and gre­vil­leas.

A large dam and other smaller wa­ter fea­tures help pro­vide a bird­friendly en­vi­ron­ment.

The open gar­den will in­clude a raf­fle to win a hand-made quilt and dis­play framed fam­ily his­tory charts to­gether with tem­plates for those in­ter­ested in hav­ing one made.

Gi­rawheen is at 53 Coach Rd, Win­ton. En­try is $5 for adults and chil­dren will be ad­mit­ted free. For in­for­ma­tion visit the Be­nalla Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre.

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