Living the dream for local retiree
DELIGHTFUL septuagenarian, Bernard Bolan said he sometimes has to pinch himself in case he is living in a dream as he gazes over his beautiful six acres of garden within the township of Beechworth.
“I grew up in a little village in the North of England where expectations of owning a large garden were incredibly low,” Mr Bolan said.
“One day I decided to emigrate to Australia and became a corporate lawyer in Sydney, and a wellknown quirky folk singer who spent many years heavily involved in the Australian folk scene.”
Mr Bolan is now quite content with his garden at his residence in Beechworth.
“I have only ever had a small garden, but when I came to Beechworth to retire 16 years ago I bought six acres of farmland in the town and I have had the joy of developing it into a beautiful haven to delight the senses in all seasons,” he said.
”I never in my wildest imagination thought that I would have such a beautiful big garden.
“There are several ‘garden rooms’ featuring different plants, meandering pathways, a little cabin, and botanical surprises everywhere I walk.”
Mr Bolan has been busy since he took over the land planting an assortment of trees and plants and adding to an already busy garden.
“There were huge beautiful old gum trees here when I came and I have since planted many other exotic trees including two Californian Redwoods- the largest trees in the world because I have the room to do it,” he said.
“I love to sit on my veranda overlooking the scene and enjoying the sense of achievement and the beauty of my garden.”
CONTENT: Retired corporate lawyer, quirky folk musician and extraordinary gardener, Bernard Bolan delighting in his colourful and stunning Beechworth property.