Spring gar­den an in­spir­ing fundraiser

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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.

MEET lo­cal wine­mak­ers, en­joy live mu­sic and sam­ple the re­gion’s best food and sig­na­ture wines dur­ing the Glen­rowan Wine­mak­ers Week­end be­ing held this Satur­day and Sun­day. Cel­e­brate the 23rd an­nual fes­ti­val in Kelly coun­try with leisurely lunches, mys­tery

SPRING BEAUTY: Lor­raine Vin­cent will open her beau­ti­ful gar­den in Ox­ley on Sun­day in sup­port of Friends of La­cluta.

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