Blaze of Colour at the Open Gardens Bonanza 2011

On a sunny Sunday the 6th of November several hundred visitors came to Boolarra for our Open Gardens Bonanza. The weather forecast was for 30 degrees and thunderstorms, but happily we only had a few hot patches of sun but mostly the cloud cover kept the heat away and made it a very enjoyable day.

With such a diverse range of gardens there was something for everyone. Formal layouts to rambling cottage gardens packed full of roses; gardens full to the brim with diverse foliage; larger gardens full of wonderful colour, fruit trees and every plant you could think of; the Old Mill Site and its planting of natives and the aqua-ponics system in a hothouse was certainly a focal point of interest to many. A sincere thank you for the hard work that the garden owners had put in to make their gardens the essence of spring, the day was a great success again.

The Pony Club sausage sizzle in Railway Park proved very popular as were the Devonshire teas served in the Memorial Hall. The Top Shop provided refreshments and food to a constant flow of customers throughout the day.

In what is developing into a tradition we had visitors from far and wide again this year, with many catching up with locals to enjoy the day together. The feedback we received was again very positive regarding the quality of the gardens and the efficient organisation with many people saying they will be back again next year and that we should keep the event going.

I would like to thank the Boolarra community and especially the gardens’ owners for their willingness to share their gardens with others, as without their participation this enjoyable day would not be possible. It is a great event for our town and supports many community groups as all the proceeds go back into the community. The plant sale to aid the Primary School was very popular again this year.

So if there are any garden owners out there who may be interested in opening up their garden treasures next year, please contact me for more information. (I have three gardens already on the list!)

This event is held under the auspice of the Boolarra Community Development Group and we thank them for their continued support. As this important day can only continue with the help of the community I would like to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer in the organisation and running of next year’s bonanza.

Jill Simmonds,
P: 5169 6516,
Boolarra Open Gardens Coordinator