SOURCE OF JOY: Vicki Brooke of Gretel Farm Eureka in her garden ready for open garden weekend.
SOURCE OF JOY: Vicki Brooke of Gretel Farm Eureka in her garden ready for open garden weekend. Doug Eaton

Gardens thrown open for viewing at Eureka, Cumbalum

THIS weekend three local gardens will open their gates to visitors, enthusiasts and people who simply love to wander around a wonderful garden.

As part of the not-for-profit Open Gardens Australia 2013 program, Gretel Farm in Eureka, Lacey Farm in Cumbalum, and Diana Harten's Cumbalum garden have all been invited to open up and show what they've got to the public.

Vicki Brooke has lived at Gretel Farm for more than three years and said she simply loved the five acres of parkland, rainforest and formal gardens.

With a lot of variety to the space, she said it made for an "interesting whole" with many different spaces to enjoy.

Whether she was spending time working in the garden or chilling out and enjoying a cup of tea, she said she could find a different space to fit whatever mood she was in. She said she hoped the visitors would enjoy her garden just as much as she did.

During the open garden at Gretel Farm two guest speakers will give talks: local rainforest expert Dr Robert Kooyman will be giving presentations at 1pm on Saturday and at 11am and 1pm on Sunday, while local bee man Frank Adcock from Nashua Native Bees will provide insights into Australia's native bees at 2pm on Sunday.

There will also be live music, a variety of stalls from local growers selling native and exotic plants, and sandwiches, salads, cakes and Devonshire teas available to purchase if you feel peckish.

The three gardens will be open on both days from 10am-4.30pm.


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