A proud pioneering past

Suzanne Reeve will be opening her garden to the public. Picture: Emma Reeves d408524
Suzanne Reeve will be opening her garden to the public. Picture: Emma Reeves d408524

A small vegetable and herb plot, chickens, ducks and a pond complement a colourful spread of trees, roses, cottage and native plants.

Horseshoes, tractor wheels and other farmyard trappings are a nod to Mrs Reeve’s pioneering grandfather, a sheep and wheat farmer.

The couple’s efforts will be on show this weekend for Open Gardens Australia.

‘Over the years the garden has been changed, new beds added then discarded,’ Mrs Reeve said.

‘Chooks were quickly introduced to begin the soil changing process. Successive years of adding, changing, composting and growing have resulted in the slow transformation of the garden.

‘We have tried to show what can be done with only hand watering and a determination to improve the soil to grow such a variety of plants from natives to roses, ferns to succulents.’

Visitors can buy plants, jams and craft and afternoon tea from 2pm. Part proceeds go to a sick child in Thailand.