Spring garden an inspiring fundraiser
COMEDIAN Kevin Bloody Wilson will perform his unique brand of Australian humour at the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre on Friday night.
The adults-only show will start at 8pm and tickets are available by visiting www.wangarattapac. com.au.
Astunning local garden which has been decades in the making, and was once a part of the Australian Open Gardens Scheme, will welcome visitors again this Sunday as part of a special fundraising event.
The spacious Oxley garden owned by Lorraine and Graeme Vincent is laid out over two acres and is cottage style, studded with a number of well-developed specimen trees and even an orchard.
Lorraine said she and Graeme do all the work themselves, tending to around 150 roses which are just about to burst into bloom.
She said she was looking forward to welcoming other garden enthusiasts to the event which is happening during one of her favourite times of the year – just when the bearded iris were in bloom.
“I love to see other people get pleasure out of our garden,” she said.
“Anyone who is gardenminded, they understand what growing plants is all about so we immediately have something in common.
“I absolutely adore bearded iris – they’re just so beautiful when you look into them.”
“But roses are incredible plants too – if you fertilise them and keep them healthy they give you so much in return.”
Lorraine said the garden was established 29 years ago and she spends around six hours a day, six days a week tending to it to ensure it doesn’t get out of control.
She said excellent soil and an underground water supply go a long way to ensuring the garden looks at its best, as does plenty of mulch to preserve moisture and keep the weeds under control.
“The secret is to keep a garden organised and to keep on top of things, otherwise it becomes too big a job,” she said.
The garden is located at 49 Reilly Lane in Oxley and is one of three including 20 Wards Lane in Markwood and 31 Lauriston Avenue in Milawa, which will be open from 10am until 4pm on Sunday.
At Oxley there will be plants for sale, propagated by Lorraine out of her own garden ensuring they’re suitable for local conditions, while at Milawa there will also be delicious cakes and a Devonshire tea.
Entry if $20 per person for three gardens (or $10 per garden) with funds raised going to Friends of Lacluta and its projects supporting the people of Timor Leste.
SPRING BEAUTY: Lorraine Vincent will open her beautiful garden in Oxley on Sunday in support of Friends of Lacluta.