Byrne no­tice on open gar­den

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“I love to do events; it’s a great op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate a dif­fer­ent din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and I like the idea of do­ing some­thing spe­cial for a spe­cial night,” he said.

“I have en­joyed col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Con­sulate and West Aus­tralian Opera.” GAR­DEN­ING Aus­tralia pre­sen­ter Josh Byrne is open­ing his gar­den to the pub­lic for the first time in five years.

The open gar­den will raise money for Lance Holt Pri­mary School.

The Hil­ton lo­cal said when he got his first fam­ily home he wanted to make a gar­den for ev­ery­one.

“We have a vegie gar­den, chick­ens and a nurs­ery. Other ar­eas have plenty of shade, tram­po­line and a sand pit,” he said.

“The parts of the gar­den which we don’t use as much we have na­tive plants; we put a lot of thought of how we use that part of the prop­erty.”

Byrne said liv­ing near the coast came with its chal­lenges to cre­ate a gar­den.

“Most peo­ple in Perth have to deal with strong winds and sandy and al­ka­line soil,” he said.

“With good de­sign we wanted to pro­vide a mi­cro cli­mate with ap­pro­pri­ate shad­ing, wind pro­tec­tion and group­ing plants to­gether for ef­fec­tive soil prepa­ra­tion.

“We have other home sus­tain­abil­ity fea­tures such as rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing, a grey wa­ter sys­tem, so­lar power, bat­ter­ies, elec­tric car, but the real pri­or­ity now for me is the gar­den.”

The gar­den­ing pre­sen­ter said it has been five years since he opened up his home to the pub­lic.

“It was a good chance to have a fundraiser and to see how the gar­den has es­tab­lished in the five years since we built it,” he said.

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