Having spent most of the past 12 months whipping their gardens into condition, three homeowners will show off their displays for the Dookie Open Gardens.
The Cosgrove and Dookie Hospital Auxiliary’s major annual fundraiser, the weekend will see Lyn and Ian MacDonald, Glenda and Herb Haigh and Judy McNamara open their gardens to the public.
Mrs MacDonald said guests were welcome to come and go on October 21 and 22 and visitors can also stop in at an artisan market as well as the annual Dookie Military Vehicle Rally.
‘‘Gardens have become popular in recent times,’’ Mrs MacDonald said.
Mrs McDonald and husband Ian had spent many years on the property developing the garden, which she described as a ‘‘plonker’’ garden.
‘‘My husband was born and bred here,’’ she said.
‘‘He’s pretty well been here all his life.’’
Having hosted three of their children’s weddings, as well as another bride and groom’s photoshoot, the picturesque property overlooks Dookie’s many canola fields.
‘‘We get a lot of pleasure out of our garden,’’ Mrs MacDonald said.
Mrs Haigh said her garden could be described as a ‘‘rambling’’ garden, predominantly native plants.
‘‘I do have some things like roses and succulents as well,’’ she said.
She said the garden was large, about 0.6 hectare.
‘‘I just love gardening,’’ Ms Haigh said.
‘‘It’s never a chore; it always wins over the housework.’’
Lyn and Ian MacDonald’s garden is at 715 Dookie-Nalinga Rd, Mt Major, Judy McNamara’s garden is at 1 Dookie St, Dookie, and Glenda and Herb Haigh’s garden is at 640 Shepparton-Dookie College Rd, Dookie.
Each garden will be open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, October 21, and Sunday, October 22, at a cost of $5. There will be a barbecue lunch, sandwiches, tea and coffee and cakes available at some.
For further information, contact Lyn MacDonald on 0467277372.