Carol nur­tures thriv­ing gar­den fes­ti­val

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News -

Gar­den lovers had a great time at the Fes­ti­val of Coun­try Gar­dens held over the week­end, with 18 gar­dens open to the pub­lic.

Carol Saun­ders has been event co­or­di­na­tor since 2016 and has a gar­den in Bridgetown called Cher­ry­tree Cot­tage in this year’s fes­ti­val.

“It costs $50 to open your gar­den for the pre­lude and $100 to open your gar­den for both,” she said.

“That is the only money that we get to run the fes­ti­val, the rest of the money goes to the gar­den­ers and they can use it how they like for the gar­den or give it to char­ity.”

There were many types of gar­dens open dur­ing the fes­ti­val in­clud­ing cot­tage gar­dens, farm gar­dens and na­tive gar­dens.

“We had an Aus­tralian Viet­namese gar­den this year which looked re­ally nice and is some­thing new too,” Ms Saun­ders said.

“We al­ways look for gar­dens that have some­thing in­ter­est­ing for vis­i­tors to open for the fes­ti­val.”

Ms Saun­ders’ gar­den has 315 roses on dis­play which she had col­lected over the years.

There were also sev­eral com­mu­nity gar­dens open in­clud­ing Ash­bil in Bridgetown and the Green­bushes com­mu­nity gar­den.

The Green­bushes gar­den had the ABC Frog Doc­tor in to cel­e­brate their ninth birth­day on the Satur­day, which was one of the events run through the fes­ti­val.

There was also wild flower and bird walks across the four days.

Pic­ture: Holly Thomp­son

Carol Saun­ders in her gar­den Cher­ry­tree Cot­tage, which was open for the Fes­ti­val of Coun­try Gar­dens.

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