What is your job?
I am a self-employed gardener/ landscaper. I am also a self-taught lamp work artist. I went back into gardening/landscaping about three years ago after moving to Myrtleford. I began lampworking about two years ago. I make pendants, marbles, small figurines and sculptures from borosilicate glass. Some of my work is available at Art-is-Anne.
What do you enjoy most about it?
With the gardening and landscaping I enjoy being outdoors working with plants, designing, repairing and building gardens for people to enjoy with their family and friends. With my glasswork I enjoy the ability to express myself with the challenging medium of glass with different designs and techniques.
How long have you been involved with the community gardens?
I have been involved with the community gardens since its inception. I was asked if I would like to be involved in starting a community garden in Myrtleford when my partner and I were looking to move to Myrtleford four years ago. How did it come about? About four years ago Alpine Health were looking to start a com- munity garden as part of their fresh food initiative. After about twelve months of work behind the scenes Alpine Health offered the land behind the hospital on Lawrence St. Alpine Shire wanted us to be involved with the Sustainable Gardens Project they were working on so we received a grant to start our garden with their project.
Tell me about what you guys get up too?
The Myrtleford Community Garden is currently a small group of likeminded people building a productive food garden for the communities of Myrtleford and surrounding areas. The purpose of the garden is for people to come together to learn, grow and share in the produce grown. The garden is open for anybody to come and enjoy and take food at any time. We are getting together with other fresh food initiatives in the Alpine Shire to stage workshops across the Shire. If anybody is interested in being involved we are at the garden on Saturday mornings, come and have a chat and join in the fun. Or they can contact us through our Facebook page.
How long have you lived in Myrtleford?
My partner and I moved to Myrtleford in December of 2014, moving up from the Outer East of Melbourne to get away from the stress and hustle and bustle of the increasing population. What do you love about living the area?
Living in this area reminds me of the area I grew up in on the edge of the Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges with its wide open spaces, mountains, smaller population, less stress, hustle and bustle. It’s a very scenic area which I enjoy photographing.
If you could get anyone to visit Myrtleford who would it be and what would you show them?
I am not sure who I would get to come to Myrtleford but I would show them the Community garden, take them on a walk around town and along the Ovens River. There are many things to do and places to see around the area from historic sites and towns to great scenic walks and drives, it is a great place to live and work.