Shepparton News

This garden takes the cake

AMID BUSY LIFESTYLE, CUPCAKE ENTREPRENE­UR TEGAN LOVES SPENDING TIME IN TROPICAL-THEMED SANCTUARY

- By Caitlyn Grant

Renowned as Shepparton’s “cupcake queen”, Tegan Crawford is more than meets the eye.

The 23-year-old entreprene­ur has built her business Tegan’s Custom Cakes from scratch; a day in the life of the cake-maker includes working 16-hour days, managing orders and admin, while decorating and baking mountains of cakes.

While the business has been running for three-anda-half years, the COVID-19 pandemic has made her busier than ever.

“Before COVID, I was doing around 10 cakes a week and about 300 cupcakes,” she said.

“Now I’m doing around 30 cakes and 800 cupcakes.”

Buying her own house at 22, Miss Crawford has become somewhat of a garden aficionado, but with a successful and ever-growing business and working as a personal trainer on the side, finding the time proves difficult.

“I love being out there and getting into it, but the hours in the day just fade,” Miss Crawford said.

“I’ve been getting some amazing help from Dan at GV Lawn and Garden Care.”

Starting with a neatly manicured front yard, adorned with trimmed hedges and plentiful agaves lining the walkway, the Kialla property is covered in green.

In the backyard, Miss Crawford has designed a space that evokes warm summer days spent by the beach in Bali or sunny Queensland.

“I’m really trying to go for a tropical vibe,” Miss Crawford said.

“I’ve put up a bunch of fairy lights and we’re planning to put some more palm plants in.”

Continuing with the tropical theme, a giant bird of paradise has climbed metres above the ground, providing shade for her dogs, Leo and Storm.

When purchasing the home, a special garden wish helped shape Tegan’s decision; that, and the huge kitchen.

“I’m not sure why, but growing up I always wanted a house with two palm trees,” Miss Crawford said with a laugh.

“It was so strange, I was looking for houses and then this came up, I just love them.”

The two palms stand sideby-side, tall in stature, adding to the feeling of beachside bliss.

In contrast to the palms, Miss Crawford planted four magnolias across the yard, her “absolute favourite” type of tree.

An establishe­d mulberry tree accompanie­s the budding magnolias, providing huge amounts of berries each November; however, the presence of a three-yearold snow white Japanese spitz provides a bit more work for Miss Crawford.

“My dog Leo loves running through the mulberries once they’ve dropped, he literally turns bright red,” she said.

Luckily the former owners were keen on fruit, leaving Miss Crawford with a blend of citrus trees including lemon, lime and orange trees, each of which has been introduced into her wide selection of cupcakes.

In the coming year, Miss Crawford is looking forward to transformi­ng her space further, with a planned revamp in the works.

“There’s still a fair few things I want to do with it — a pond, some more statues, it’s coming together,” she said.

 ?? Purple daisies bursting with colour. Pictures: Rodney Braithwait­e ?? Gardening pals: Tegan Crawford loves getting out in the garden with fluffy friend Leo. Inset:
Purple daisies bursting with colour. Pictures: Rodney Braithwait­e Gardening pals: Tegan Crawford loves getting out in the garden with fluffy friend Leo. Inset:
 ?? ?? Splash of purple: There’s colour through the garden, including this vibrant lavender plant.
Splash of purple: There’s colour through the garden, including this vibrant lavender plant.
 ?? ?? From the backyard: Homegrown fruits are used in Tegan’s cupcakes.
From the backyard: Homegrown fruits are used in Tegan’s cupcakes.
 ?? ?? The tropics: Tegan’s garden is aiming for a tropical look.
The tropics: Tegan’s garden is aiming for a tropical look.
 ?? ?? Leafy: The space is filled with luscious greenery.
Leafy: The space is filled with luscious greenery.
 ?? ?? Up close: A flowering bird of paradise.
Up close: A flowering bird of paradise.
 ?? ?? Slice of mint: Thriving mint leaves.
Slice of mint: Thriving mint leaves.

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