Get personal with lush garden’s memories

Despite its lushness, Terri Sharman’s garden doesn’t need much watering and the amount of planting has created a “living mulch” that enriches the soil. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d416666
Despite its lushness, Terri Sharman’s garden doesn’t need much watering and the amount of planting has created a “living mulch” that enriches the soil. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d416666

The Beeliar green thumb will display the fruits of her ongoing passion on March 29 and 30 as part of an Open Gardens Australia’s initiative to open up back yards across the country to admirers keen to learn more.

And how much there is to learn about Ms Sharman’s garden and the hundreds of plants which inhabit her property.

‘I’m kind of one of those people that even if I’m given a plant I don’t particularly want, I’ll find a place for it,’ she said.

‘It’s meant there’s a lot of memories in my garden. I’ll see a plant and remember the person who gave it to me, so it’s very personal.

‘There’s hardly a plant in my garden that doesn’t have a memory to go with it.’

While accepting many plants across the 15 years she has lived at her Beeliar property, she’s still managed to create a mostly self-sufficient garden to tackle Australia’s climate.

Ms Sharman’s garden is open from 10am to 4.30pm on March 29-30. The address is 30 Chincotta Loop, Beeliar. Entry is $7 and kids are free.