Hilton’s Josh Byrne opens garden

Josh Byrne.
Josh Byrne.

GARDENING Australia presenter Josh Byrne is opening his garden to the public for the first time in five years.

The open garden will raise money for Lance Holt Primary School.

The Hilton local said when he got his first family home he wanted to make a garden for everyone.

“We have a vegie garden, chickens and a nursery. Other areas have plenty of shade, trampoline and a sand pit,” he said.

“The parts of the garden which we don’t use as much we have native plants; we put a lot of thought of how we use that part of the property.”

Byrne said living near the coast came with its challenges to create a garden.

“Most people in Perth have to deal with strong winds and sandy and alkaline soil,” he said.

“With good design we wanted to provide a micro climate with appropriate shading, wind protection and grouping plants together for effective soil preparation.

“We have other home sustainability features such as rainwater harvesting, a grey water system, solar power, batteries, electric car, but the real priority now for me is the garden.”

The gardening presenter said it has been five years since he opened up his home to the public.

“It was a good chance to have a fundraiser and to see how the garden has established in the five years since we built it,” he said.