Twice a year, in April and in October, Maureene Martin and Keith Smith open their garden for a charity plant sale. They have been propagating plants from their gardens all through the year and the next sale is on this Sunday.
This morning Ang picked me up and we dropped in the last of the plants I’d propagated for the sale. I too propagate from my garden and others but my contribution is tiny compared to what we saw today.
Again the back lawn had disappeared under a sea of plants; thousands of potted plants that’ll need to be moved under cover. “The Grand Children are coming!” Maureene announced proudly as I blanched at the thought of the task ahead of them, “We’re not doing it”.
It’s hard to see where the sale ends and the garden starts but that Japanese maple is definitely staying; so are those blue candles.
This patch of scaevola is Keith’s pride and joy but there are potted specimens for sale. The white is a hybrid but some of the flowers are trying to revert to their native violet.
Entrance to this spectacular garden is free; so is the invaluable advice that Maureene and Keith are generous to share. The sale starts at 10:00 a.m. Sunday October 8 at 45 Parklands Avenue, Lane Cove NSW Australia. Do call in and support a good cause. 100% of all proceeds will go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
8 October 2017: $8,716 was raised today.
12 October 2017: correction: the final amount raised was $8,966.