GARDENERS in the South Channel are digging deep with a major showcase planned for next year – and war veterans may benefit.
The South Channel is well known for the variety of its gardens and the South Chanel Garden Club plans to highlight a series of different gardening styles in what promises to be a family day out.
All five gardens in the Channel Gardens Flowers Foliage and Food Growing Trail have sweeping views over the d’Entrecasteaux Channel and demonstrate different approaches to gardening from country gardens and apple orchards to self-sufficiency and a community garden.
Any proceeds from the event, on Sunday, April 9, will support the work of Veterans’ Community Gardens Australia which runs workshops at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens to help war veterans combat post traumatic stress disorder.
This self-guided tour which begins in Woodbridge, will feature Five Bob Community Garden, Bracken Ridge ornamental garden, the Bowling family’s vegetable garden, the Greenslade country garden and the Red Sails heritage cider orchards. All these gardens are situated close by the Channel Highway.
Christine and Jon Bowling’s garden epitomises the dreams of many city dwellers with a garden that keeps the family in vegetables and poultry year-round. At Five Bob Community Garden volunteers tend a community garden designed by landscape architect Sue Small.
Bracken Ridge ornamental cliff top garden is a tribute to 10 years of plantings in a garden with sweeping views of the Channel while the focus of the Red Sails heritage orchards is the heritage cider apple orchard containing more than 40 varieties of English, French and American cider apples and pears.
At Greenslade country flower garden roses smother the trellises and verandah post of an old renovated farmhouse set in a garden originally planted by botanist Henry Greenslade.
The cost for all five gardens is $20 p/p, under 16s free. Pre-ordered picnic packs ($14) will be available and award- winning garlic grower Letetia Ware will hold two tasting sessions (each session $25) at her Middleton property demonstrating the growing and use of cultivars in food preparation.
Limited tickets for the Channel Gardens Flowers, Foliage and Food Growing trail are available through Trybooking (Book Here) from October 1 2016 and close March 25 2017 or when sold out. EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT!