Beau­ti­ful homes and gar­dens open to the pub­lic this week­end

Matamata Chronicle - - Out&about - TERESA HATTAN

The 2015 Real Homes and Gar­dens Tour takes place this Satur­day. Have you got your ticket? The pop­u­lar bi­en­nial tour will fea­ture ten homes and their gar­dens and has been a real labour of love for all in­volved.

Get­ting your home ready to take part in the tour is no easy feat and one of the or­gan­is­ers, Liz Ather­ton, says it’s al­ways a real priv­i­lege to have so many beau­ti­ful homes and their gar­dens take part.

Those head­ing along on the tour also have an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity to gain in­spi­ra­tion for their own home, she says.

‘‘The point is that it’s a real homes and gar­dens tour. We want them to look real, they’re not show pieces, they’re not homes for sale, they’re lived in real homes.’’

A real high­light this year is the stun­ning ar­ray of gar­dens to com­ple­ment the beau­ti­ful homes.

Hav­ing the tour in spring, in­stead of March as the last tour was, is also a plus. One of the gar­dens has even been de­signed by a well-known land­scaper.

Liz, along with fel­low or­gan­is­ers Joce Hoe­ber­gen and Di Louch, and help from in­te­rior de­signer Ar­lene Swap and former Pohlen Foundation sec­re­tary Ju­dith Chal­lis, have ded­i­cated a large num­ber of hours over a num­ber of months in the lead up to the tour.

The fundraiser raises funds for Pohlen Hospi­tal’s yet-to-be-built pal­lia­tive care wing. Make a day of it, grab your friends and take part.

Tick­ets for the 2015 Mata­mata Real Homes and Gar­dens Tour, tak­ing place on Satur­day, Novem­ber 14, are on sale at Mata­mata Colour­plus for $45 each. Eftpos is not avail­able.

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