Alexan­dra opens up for spring

Mansfield Courier - - HOME & GARDEN -

THE an­nual Alexan­dra Open Gar­dens week­end is fast ap­proach­ing, with the dates and venues set.

The week­end of Oc­to­ber 27 and 28 from 10am to 4pm is your op­por­tu­nity to be in­spired by 10 dif­fer­ent gar­dens in the Alexan­dra re­gion. This event has a long his­tory. In 1991, two lo­cal ladies, Alma Hex­ter and Gwenda Martin, planned the first open gar­den week­end in Alexan­dra to raise funds for Alexan­dra Com­mu­nity Care.

That first year, 16 gar­dens were open, some planted more than a cen­tury ago.

The ladies de­signed a book­let to guide vis­i­tors to the unique mix of town and coun­try gar­dens and the con­cept of an open gar­den week­end in this area was es­tab­lished.

The suc­cess of that first open gar­den week­end re­sulted in what has be­come an an­nual event in the Alexan­dra district.

Over the years the num­ber of dis­play gar­dens has var­ied reach­ing an as­ton­ish­ing 23 on one oc­ca­sion.

Since its in­cep­tion, well over 110 dif­fer­ent gar­den own­ers have gen­er­ously shared the beauty of their gar­dens with lo­cal res­i­dents and vis­i­tors.

Prof­its from this event have been do­nated to the lo­cal com­mu­nity and tal­lies more than $120,000 to date.

Now in its 28th year, the Alexan­dra and District Open Gar­dens Week­end of­fers 10 gar­dens rang­ing from small man­i­cured town spa­ces to ex­pan­sive coun­try prop­er­ties set amid the mag­nif­i­cent back­drop of the Cathe­dral Moun­tain, rolling green hills and river val­leys.

The Open Gar­dens week­end cel­e­brates the coun­try­side at its most beau­ti­ful.

Ex­pect to see gor­geous spring blos­soms and fo­liage, ex­otics and na­tives.

Ex­pe­ri­ence re­mark­able views, pris­tine air and a warm coun­try greet­ing at each open venue.

Less than two hours from Mel­bourne, vis­i­tors are en­cour­aged to plan ahead and al­low two days to en­joy the gar­dens with nu­mer­ous at­trac­tions at many venues.

Gar­dens will be open at Tag­gerty and Acher­ton, as well as Alexan­dra.

Full de­tails of gar­dens, ad­dresses and open­ing times can be found on the Alexan­dra Open Gar­dens web­site.

GET IN­SPIRED: See what other gar­den­ers are up to by vis­it­ing Alexan­dra Open Gar­dens.

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