With six spectacular private gardens to see and the weather gods sending over only a few showers, organisers of the Traralgon Gardens would say it was a true success with all proceeds going to Gippsland Lifeskills Program. A program that helps children to adapt to and deal effectively with the demands and challenges of life.
The Open Gardens attracted over 700 visitors, with some coming as far as Geelong, Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula.
The gardens on show included 7 Acres, Harpfields, Monfort Manor, Into the Blue, Fairhaven and Testa’s Garden. A big thank you goes out to the owners of the gardens who held some guided tours and gave insight into their gardens and properties and their histories. This provided a warm and friendly environment for people to share their passion for gardening.
There were a host of highlights throughout the weekend, with raffle prizes, orchestral music, champagne and nibbles, chauffeur driven bus tour, live men’s choir, vintage car display, devonshire tea and plant sales.
Politicians and dignitaries also supported the weekend including Russell Northe and Darren Chester and Open Gardens Victoria President Elizabeth Fazio.
The organisers were overwhelmed with the generous outpouring of help that came from many community groups, businesses and volunteers, including family and friends, RSL members, Rotary members, the CFA, the Latrobe and Francis Orchestra and the Coal Valley Men’s Choir.
Thank you to all who supported the day and to all the visitors who enjoyed the Open Gardens. For further information about the Gippsland Life Skill Program call 1300 850 839 or find them on Facebook by searching “Gippsland Lifeskills Program”