Bairnsdale Secondary College Chaplaincyʼs committee open gardens days take place this weekend from 10am to 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
Camellia Hill, at 19 Lorimer Drive, Eastwood, is a semi-formal, park-like garden situated on a sloping block, which has beautiful views to the Mitchell River Backwater and appears as a continuation of the adjoining Tulaba’s Track Reserve.
Established in 2016, the garden has been bordered by more than 200 camellias and features many ornamental trees, fruit trees, privet and English box hedges and shrubs. All garden beds have been heavily mulched to reduce water consumption and suppress weed growth. An ornamental grape vine borders the front balcony and is a standout feature during summer.
Eastwood Landcare Group’s western work site was formed in mid 2013 by local volunteers who saw a need to help enhance public reserves at Eastwood.
Working fortnightly on Saturday mornings the group has planted more than 30,000 trees, shrubs, grasses and herbaceous plants at their three sites, all of which are both aesthetic and functional and much appreciated by locals and visitors who walk or cycle the tracks through the reserves.
The Granite Creek site is being developed into a warm temperate rain forest and to filter sediment and pollutants from making their way into the Gippsland Lakes.
The Knoll, a site of cultural significance, includes a walkway edged with she-oaks to eventually make a soft path and a grassy viewing area overlooking the morass.
Regeneration of Goose Gull Creek has seen this formerly weed-choked water course transformed as members work along it in sections, planting indigenous trees and grasses.
Visit the gardens in the order that suits you best. Take your bike or enjoy a leisurely walk along the Tulaba track to fully appreciate the views afforded the Lorimer Drive residents.
Take care walking around these areas as gardens can be steep in places and be watchful for sun-baking reptiles.
Bus bookings are essential and tickets and maps are also available in advance from The Potted Pear.
PICTURED: Eastwood public reserve is one of the stops during Bairnsdale Secondary College Chaplaincyʼs open garden days this weekend.