Former nursery blossoms into great garden

Celia Papworth is opening her garden on Sunday. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d417623
Celia Papworth is opening her garden on Sunday. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d417623

When Frank and Celia Papworth bought the 4ha Nowergup property in 2005, they changed the focus, adding lawn walkways, productive fruit and macadamia trees and a vegetable garden.

Frank moved 40 tonnes of Toodyay stone into place using a small tractor to make a large central pond and rock waterfall with deck outlook.

Visitors can enjoy the garden and its many bougainvilleas at 34 Kiln Road this Sunday, April 13, 10am to 4.30pm, for Open Gardens Australia.

Part proceeds will go to women’s service club Zonta.

‘Today the garden wraps around the house with many indigenous trees and plants still (present),’ Celia said.

‘Woven into the central garden and all round the block are wonderfully contorted coastal blackbutts, large grass trees and majestic tuarts, gnarled, fire stormed she oaks and hardy zamia palms that have been standing for the last 100 years.’

Celia said other areas featured a small Banksia grove, an old protea surrounded by beds of mixed natives, roses and cottage plants.

There were Geraldton wax, weeping peppermints, grevilleas and two ‘bogs’ to support the pond’s lively eco system.

Entry to the garden is $7 (under-18s free).

There will be advice on growing bougainvilleas and refreshments available. See www.opengarden.org.au.