Bungaree resident opens up garden to raise funds

BUNGAREE green-thumb Jo Frawley will lead Ballarat residents along the garden path this weekend. 

About 18 months ago, Ms Frawley signed up to have her designer garden appear in the Open Gardens Australia scheme.

The idea is simple – everyday people open their gardens for public viewing across two days.

Ms Frawley will open the gates to her prized possession between 10am and 4.30pm this Saturday and Sunday, with proceeds donated to the Bungaree Recreational Reserve. 

“Usually part of the fee goes back to the (garden) owner, but we have decided to donate our funds to

the Bungaree Recreational Reserve,” Ms Frawley said. 

“They lost the chance to do a summer sport at the reserve, so we wanted to help them start bowling at the club.” 

Ms Frawley is hoping to raise between $1000 and $2000 for the club on the day. 

The Frawley garden is home to 300 different plants, home-built iron sculptures, a water feature, vegie patch and a number of cosy reading nooks.

“We have about 10 different types of vegetables, everything from snow peas, lettuce, beetroot and spring onions,” she said.

Ms Frawley has been putting the finishing touches on her garden, but said the elements had been working against her. “We have been up against it this time of year. The strong winds have damaged some of the trees,” she said. 

With a forecast top of 38 degrees this Saturday, Ms Frawley is hoping people will still make the trip out to her property. 

“We will have plenty of shade and cold water available on the day,” she said.

Her neighbours Andrea and Mark Weigall will also open their Amlee garden to the public during the same time.

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