Historical garden in bloom ahead of public opening

(L-R) Bron and Phil Genoni are swinging open the doors to their Banjup garden. Photo: Andrew Ritchie.
(L-R) Bron and Phil Genoni are swinging open the doors to their Banjup garden. Photo: Andrew Ritchie.

IT houses one of Perth’s biggest off-grid power systems and has been recognised as an area of historical importance.

Now, Phil and Bron Genoni are opening their spacious Banjup garden to the public to give them a taste of paradise in rural Cockburn.

Featuring a miniature lake, some of the oldest paperbark trees in the local area and bush trails, the couple are showing off their five acre backyard as part of the Open Gardens West Coast series.

Mr Genoni said a passion for gardening enabled them to transform the property from a barren lot to an oasis since they moved in 20 years ago.

“Since we’ve been here, we’ve planted about 1000 plants a year. Now they’re mature in the beautiful shady spots and make a nice garden to wander around.

Phil and Bron Genoni. Photo: Andrew Ritchie.

“It’s a nice garden and we just want to share it with people and make them feel good so they go home happy.”

The event will also feature an exhibition of vintage cars and talks from a beekeeper and the man who installed their off-grid battery system, which Phil believes is one of the biggest domestic battery circuits in the state.

“We’re disconnected from the grid, the whole house, air-con, spa and everything runs off it,” he said.

“We’re trying to push sustainability and make people aware. It’s basically solar panels and batteries and then we just draw the energy out of the batteries.”

The Genoni’s garden is located at 23 Muir Court and will be open from 10am-4pm on November 16-17. Entry is $6, but children under 18 enter free.

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