LAURA Shorney thought her garden would never be ready to open to the public until she realised that as a "wildlife-friendly garden" it should be left "a bit messy".
Ms Shorney's garden is designed to function as a place for wildlife to make their home, which is one reason why, despite how much she loves them, she doesn't keep any dogs or cats.
The trees and bushes are dotted with nests, home to honey eaters, grey shrike-thrush and ringtail possums, and a crackle of black cockatoos are fond of her hakea.
The goats do much of the pruning, though she said sometimes plants were over-pruned.
"I go to prune things and I think 'Oh I can't prune, there's a nest there'," Ms Shorney said.
Ms Shorney, originally from the United States, has spent the past 16 years learning about Australian flora and fauna and her garden reflects this, with only native plants in it.
She said she was opening her garden because she wanted to educate people and raise money for the Hepburn Wildlife Shelter.
"I don't want recognition, I just want people to learn about the wildlife," she said.
Writer Tanya Loos will be talking about wildlife-friendly gardening on Ms Shorney's Invermay property on November 17 at 11.30am.
AT A GLANCE
WHAT: Open Gardens Australia, three gardens in Learmonth Bolwarrah East and Invermay
WHEN: November 16 and 17
WHERE: Shorney Garden, 136 Silverwattle Drive, Invermay. Bolwarrah Gardens, 213 S Conroys Road, Bolwarrah East. The Laurels, 1254 Sunraysia Highway, Learmonth.
HOW MUCH: $7 for adults, free for kids