Three local families graciously invited to public to view their gardens during the last weekend in October for Down-to-Earth’s open gardens event.
Rosemarie Murray and Michael Burley’s garden “Roseberry Height” at Elsmore, Janelle and Robert’s garden on Tullochard East Road and Tess and James Newmarch’s garden at “Osterley” on Old Bundarra Road were all open.
Visitor numbers rose to new heights this year averaging over 450 to each garden. Through combining money raised from admission, raffles, plant stalls and refreshments the group donated $5,750 to Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (WRHS).
The Down-to-Earth Inverell Garden Group held their first open gardens weekend in 2016.
Four gardens were open to the public, each averaging two hundred visitors per garden and raising $2000 for the WRHS.
In 2017, four gardens were again opened to the public, averaging four hundred people per garden and raising $5000 for the vital service.
“We are a small but very active, community-minded group of passionate gardeners who have welcomed the opportunity to raise funds for such an important service.
“This year we extended our fundraising by supporting the establishment of the inaugural Jill Brown Memorial Garden Artist of the Year competition which raised money for the NSW Farmer’s Drought Relief Fund,” Susan Dolby said.
The Down-to-earth Inverell Garden Group would like to thank all four families for volunteering to open their gardens this year.
‘We were incredibly fortunate with the weather; although it was quite warm, the gardens were looking at their best.
“It takes a huge effort and commitment to open your garden to the public. We would also like to thank all the people who visited the gardens, helping to raise money for such worthy causes.”
Planning is already under way for the 2019 open gardens which once again, will be held on the last weekend of October.
“At this stage, we have four gardens organised to open. After next year however, we are planning to hold the event every second year, as we would like the scheme to continue for as long as possible.
“We are looking for a diverse range of gardens and would welcome more urban gardens so that people can see what can be achieved in their own back yards.”
If there is anyone interested in opening their gardens in the future, please contact Susan on 6722 2125.