Garden gates to open in support of Cancer Council

Properties across the region are taking part in an annual open gardens event over the coming days, including owners of Plaistow Homestead in Joyces Creek, Lil and Peter Skilbeck. The Skilbeckʼs are donating all of the money raised from entry fees to the Cancer Council, a cause close to their hearts.

With a handful of properties in the region taking part in an annual open gardens event, it’ll be anything but peas and quiet as visitors charge through the garden gate over the coming days.

The annual Horticultural Endeavours Demonstrating Gardening Enthusiasm (HEDGE) Open Gardens event will see eight gardens in the Newstead, Maldon, Castlemaine and Chewton areas welcome fellow gardeners and those looking to have a sticky beak through the gates, while raising some money for charity along the way.

Owners of Plaistow Homestead in Joyces Creek, Peter and Lil Skilbeck have been welcoming members of the public to their garden for the past three years, with proceeds made from entry fees donated to the Cancer Council.

Featuring a large garden surrounding their heritage listed home, a 150-year-old olive tree, pond, veggie garden, large open space and a collection of cactus and succulents the garden is not to be missed and Mr Skilbeck said the event is an educational one.

“None of the gardens are designer gardens in that they haven’t had a landscaper come in and do the work, all the work is done by the actual gardeners themselves,” he said.

Gardens in the Castlemaine, Maldon, Joyces Creek and Chewton areas will be open from tomorrow, Saturday November 2 until Tuesday, November 5.

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