Take a peek at Yallaroo

Dot and Bob O'Neill are looking forward to welcoming visitors to their garden this weekend. 197301

Open Gardens Victoria will kick off its spring/summer program on the weekend of the 14 and 15 September with the opening of ‘Yallaroo’ – a private garden in Narre Warren South featuring a wonderful collection of Australian plants.

Proceeds from the day will support Transit Soup Kitchen and Food Support.

Since 2010, Bob and Dot O’Neill have set about transforming their one-acre property into a predominantly native and productive garden, which is now bursting with well-grown Australian plants of every colour and shape.

Each plant has been carefully identified and labelled, making it perfect for garden lovers wanting to expand their knowledge of native plants to use in their own home gardens.

Amongst the plants collected over the years, correas and grevilleas are particular favourites, attracting a wide variety of birdlife. Correct labelling has been essential with 50 variations of Correa pulchella alone!

The garden also has a large productive area including an extensive covered orchard where peach, figs, apples, cherries, plums and apricots thrive.

Other areas to explore include a fernery and a collection of zygocactus close to the house and several fishponds throughout the garden. Morning and afternoon tea will be available at the garden with plant sales and a treasure hunt for children.

Yallaroo is at 7 Hillsmeade Drive, Narre Warren South.

It will be open on Saturday 14 September and Sunday 15 September from 10am – 4.30pm. Entry is $8 (children U18 free)

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