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Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Bron­wyn Dono­van

Ban­jup prop­erty own­ers Phil and Bron­wyn Genoni will open their 2ha eco-friendly gar­den to the com­mu­nity to raise funds for the Can­cer Foun­da­tion.

A BAN­JUP prop­erty, iden­ti­fied as be­ing of sig­nif­i­cant botan­i­cal im­por­tance in the Cock­burn area, will be open to the com­mu­nity as part of the Open Gar­dens West Coast Scheme.

Own­ers Phil and Bron­wyn Genoni have spent decades cre­at­ing bio­di­ver­sity in the gar­dens at their 2ha prop­erty.

For the past seven years, Mr Genoni has been suf­fer­ing from pan­cre­atic can­cer that has spread to his spine and has re­cently started ex­per­i­men­tal chemo­ther­apy.

He said since be­com­ing ill he has found work­ing in the gar­den very re­lax­ing and a ma­jor source of en­joy­ment.

“We have al­ways had a love of gar­den­ing and opened our gar­den to the pub­lic in 2009 af­ter friends and fam­ily kept telling us that the gar­den was too good to be kept as a hid­den se­cret,” Mr Genoni said.

“We were amazed at the com­ments from all the peo­ple that have been through the gar­den say­ing what a beau­ti­ful and in­ter­est­ing gar­den it is.”

The Genoni’s gar­den is home to a va­ri­ety of wildlife in­clud­ing bandi­coots, long neck tor­toises, frogs and many species of lizards.

Bird life abounds with shade trees, an or­ganic fruit, veg­etable and herb gar­den, koi pond and large lawn ar­eas that are edged by ferns, ex­otics and na­tive species.

The Geno­nis have raised funds for Can­cer Foun­da­tion over the years that they have opened their gar­den and are again hop­ing to do­nate most of the money raised this year.

The gar­den, at 23 Muir Court, will be open to the pub­lic on Novem­ber 4 and 5, from 10am to 4pm.

En­try fee is $6 per adult.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d474952

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme

Phil and Bron­wyn Genoni in their gar­den in Ban­jup. www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d474952

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