Eight gardens to go on show in Marnoo region

MARNOO - Eight spectacular gardens will be opening to the public in and around Marnoo.

The gardens range from compact town gardens to more expansive rural properties.

The open garden day will be held on Sunday, October 28, from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

The gardens on display are:

Roslyn: John and Faye Cameron. Established 1963. An open garden which has continually expanded and consists of trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and vegetables.

Orana: John and Diane Newall. Established 1936. One of the older gardens in Marnoo featuring large trees and vast lawn areas interspersed with annuals and perennials.

Roslyn: John and Jenny Carter. Established 1984. Since the years of drought the garden is now made up of mass planting of succulents, salt bushes and of the plants that survived. Many have been made into hedges. It has developed into a low maintenance garden.

Oaklands: John and Jodi Matthews. The house at Oaklands was built in 1923 and the garden has evolved over the years with John & Jodi Matthews taking over the development of the garden in 2006. Today the garden features many shrubs, roses and fruit trees intermingled amongst previously established garden beds and trees.

Wallaloo Park: Trent and Kate Carter. Established mid 1800s with the house and garden majorly renovated in the 1960s with some of the original trees remaining including mulberry, magnolia and olive trees. The garden consists of vast lawn areas with many bulbs, roses, lavender and a feature archway of wisteria.

8 Newall Street: Peter and Leah Cameron. Established 2004. Although the base for the garden was in existence including the huge West Australian Gum that shades the backyard, this is a relatively new garden spread over two town blocks. Features include perennial beds and the productive orchard and vegetable areas.

19 Newall Street: Keith and Sandra Brown. Established 2002. A neat and compact town garden that was begun only ten years ago and features roses and hedges.

1 McLennan Street: Des and Carol Shrimpton. Established 2011. Since moving back into the district in June 2011, the garden has a drought tolerant mixture of native and cottage garden plants. Features include two orchid houses and a productive vegetable patch.

For a $15 charge, visitors will gain entry to all eight gardens with entry and maps available from the Marnoo Hall and "Oaklands" the garden of Jodi and John Matthews, Traynors Lagoon. Morning, afternoon tea and lunch are available at the Marnoo Hall. Plants will be available for sale at the Marnoo Hall and various gardens.

All proceeds raised from the day will go to Marnoo Soldiers Memorial Park and other local groups. For more information, please visit the Facebook page Marnoo Garden Day or contact Leah Cameron on 03 5359 2204.

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