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13 October 2021
Robyn and Fred Simpson have spent two decades turning a vacant block into a magnificent garden, which they plan to showcase to the public later this month.
The Simpsons will open their Haven property for a good cause, to raise money for Wimmera Hospice Care Auxiliary.
Auxiliary members have organised seven gardens to feature in the event on October 31.
Mrs Simpson said she was originally hesitant to become involved, but quickly changed her mind about the fundraiser.
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“Someone came along one day and asked if we would be in it and I said I didn’t know, I wasn’t sure,” she said.
“When all the roses are out it looks quite different, but there aren’t many roses out at the moment.”
Mr Simpson said the event was for a worthwhile cause, with money raised going towards buying and leasing equipment for use by palliative care patients.
“That’s the main thing,” he said.
“I think it’s a fantastic cause and I hope we have a good day for it.”
Mr Simpson said open garden days were popular at this time of year.
“We went up the mountains to Wartook last weekend and they had a big crowd up there,” he said. “It was great.”
Mrs Simpson said the couple’s garden, on Grahams Bridge Road, grew from humble beginnings.
“We started out here 20 years ago, on a bare block,” she said.
“Then an uncle who lived in Hamilton gave me some roses out of his garden. I planted them out the front and realised it wasn’t the right spot, so they got shifted.
“Ever since then, we just keep building a new garden here and a new garden there. We’re not good gardeners, but whatever we put in seems to grow here.”
Gardens of Haven will run under COVID-safe conditions from 1pm to 5pm. Entry costs $15, which includes afternoon tea at Haven Hall.
There will also be a plant stall and raffle at the hall.
People can call Nola Bellinger on 0407 810 544 for tickets, which are also available at the hall on the day.
– Sarah Matthews
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