Colour kaleidoscope

Lisa and Paul Petale are mosaic artists and have been chosen to be a part of Open Gardens Australia. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d419498
Lisa and Paul Petale are mosaic artists and have been chosen to be a part of Open Gardens Australia. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d419498

Despite not being traditional gardeners, Mr and Mrs Petale have transformed their front and back yards over the past 33 years, aiming to utilise every aspect of the property.

‘Our gardens are eclectic, different and something that anybody could make or use,’ Mr Petale said.

‘Gardens should be what you put into it (and) we didn’t want to spend hours in the garden. It’s about realising that you’ve got some space around you and thinking, ‘this is my little bit of the world, I should enjoy it’.’

As well as the gabion wall (a wire cage filled with rocks), the Petales’ front yard features potted dwarf fruit trees and a workshop for their mosaic artistry business, while the rear gardens combine a large eucalyptus tree, cacti, succulents, two raised herb and vegetable beds, along with colourful mosaics and recycled metal artworks.

Mr Petale said he would like visitors to leave feeling inspired and realise that gardens are not just about plants.

‘We love finding treasures old and new and giving them a place in our garden where they bring us pleasure,’ he said.

The Petale’s imaginative garden at 135 Coolibah Drive, Greenwood, will be open to the public 10am to 4.30pm on May 17 and 18, with entry $7 for adults. Partial funds raised will be donated to Alzheimer’s Australia.