The seed of an idea has taken root and Gardens of Glenlyon is a tangible reality.
In the weekend of 8th and 9th December, seven Glenlyon properties will open to the public.
With a clear focus on sustainability, property owners will show how they have handled their environment, from the conversion of unforgiving soils to dealing with frost, floods and drought. For example, the Harris farm shows how wastes such as vegetation and food scraps can be recycled through pigs and goats to produce magnificent compost.
The Briscomb property demonstrates how an empty paddock can be converted into a beautifully landscaped garden in three years, while Jenny Corr’s garden displays the skill of melding the new with the very old. Other gardens dem-onstrate the tenacity of plants to survive in rocky clay soils, on exposed sites or in the middle of the forest.
A River Walk at Jill and John’s property shows how the bushland can be regenerated and the new Biolink path from the Bridge to the Reserve demonstrates how a community working together can revitalise the environment.
Demonstrations on propagation and making compost will be held at the Shire Hall, along with displays by local groups such as Landcare.
The Glenlyon Store and Ellender Estate will provide theme based food in a sustainable garden setting, while the CFA will offer morning and afternoon tea at the Hall.