PETER’S Project, the Make A Wish Foundation and Portland Women’s Services Club have benefited from a successful open garden event on the weekend at Narrawong.
Alison Aplin’s garden Timandra attracted more than 320 people on Saturday and Sunday as part of Open Gardens Australia’s spring program, making an unspecified amount for three charities in the process.
“We had a very good weekend,” Ms Aplin said.
“This is our fourth garden we’ve opened to the public through this scheme so we’ve had a lot of gardening experience.
“We like to share that knowledge with other people.”
The three other gardens were at previous homes in Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills and South Australia’s Clare Valley, Ms Aplin said, giving her a 25-year connection with Open Gardens Australia.
She said her and her husband had spent five years at Narrawong, shaping Timandra in that time.
It was the eucalypts, willow myrtles and common ash trees that attracted her to the property in the first place, she said.
“We have a lot of koalas and they breed in our garden. And we have some magnificent birdlife.
“We’ve had very good feedback (from the weekend).”
Ms Aplin said she aimed to open the garden again next May.