The event on November 3 will feature visits to five Stawell gardens including two of which will be available for viewing for the last time on an open day.
Paul and Vivienne Rathgeber of Marnoo Road, Stawell will show off "Asmara Park" for the final time.The garden will be the setting for an 11am lunch with hundreds of labelled roses and irises adding perfume and colour to a formal garden that gives onto native plantings blending with surrounding countryside.
The youngish garden, started during Christmas of 1999 with two trees, a claret ash and a box elder being planted has grown in leaps and bounds, surviving severe drought it now blossoms through a labour of love and is home to hundreds of roses, irises, trees, birds and animals.
Varieties of fruit trees, glorious deciduous trees and many native are dotted throughout the garden and watered mainly from the Rathgebers' "Biocycle".
More expensive than a septic tank the benefits are immediately obvious, they recycle all their tank water through the system and use it on garden and lawns. Not a drop of water is wasted, every drop captured is used twice.
The Rathgebers created a dam and erected a jetty using timber from the old Delley's Bridge at Halls Gap.When it is full people are in awe of the beauty it brings to the garden and how it supports the native birds and animals.
Four-hundred David Austin roses, Floribunda and Hybrid Tea are all labelled along with irises, trees and bushes.
The Rathgebers owe a lot to Jack for his dedicated work making the signs, he has made it so easy to identify our plantings.
Asmara Park is home to Fairy Martin swallows who nest every Summer under eaves. They migrate to the Northern Territory each Winter, but return to nest again.
Willie Wagtails, Pardalotes, Sparrow and Welcome Swallows also nest and Wild ducks visit the dam along with Grey Herons and Spoonbills.Over the fence are Alpacas and Cows, domestic ducks and chooks that wander freely with an aviary home to Cockatiels, Quail, Canaries and Zebra Finches.
Enjoy a stroll around the beautiful garden on November 3 and take some time to stop and smell the roses.Registrations at Grampians Community Health will open at 8.30am with garden tours from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
Admission fees to the event are $20 adult, $15 concession, $40 family ticket (two adults and children), $10 children under 16 and free for children under five. Entrance fees include morning tea and a barbeque lunch with four other beautiful gardens to view and enjoy with your family and friends.
All the proceeds from the open day will go towards funding the Grampians Community Health community car program.