We had a fantastic two days last weekend when Graceburn, Carnegie, opened its gates to the public as part of Open Gardens Australia. Though the weather was slightly daunting on Saturday, it didn't seem to deter the many visitors from stopping by.
Children were encouraged to explore the garden by locating all the decorative animals placed throughout the landscape by the owners. Their excited laughter provided an energetic atmosphere to the day, as they ran amongst the foliage, examining veggie beds and peering through tree branches.
Adults chose to take a more serene journey through the garden, the varied plants capturing their interested as they wandered throughout the property. Families stopped to rest on the seats overlooking the billabong, and traded planting advice with one another, while other visitors spent time with Phillip discussing their own projects.
The open day also supported the Make Do Tell Project, which is run by Artists in Community International and is seeking to teach creative skills to children on the streets of Bhakatapur, Nepal. For more information about Make Do Tell, visit their website and support this wonderful cause!
As one of Phillip's personal favourite gardens designed and constructed by PJL, this Carnegie property is the perfect example of what can be created in a typical suburban backyard. With its focus on sustainable practices, we hope that visitors to the garden were able to build a renewed appreciation and respect for their natural environment as well as the inspiration to turn their own gardens into havens that heal, inspire and energize.
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