Showers didn’t deter a keen band of garden enthusiasts from enjoying Sharon Harris’s open garden in Thornbury. It was the perfect event to bring us out of COVID lockdown and get us reacquainted with why we love gardens so much. Sharon, who runs her garden design business from a studio there has used her garden as an experimental space, trialling different horticultural design elements before incorporating them in her designs.
But aside from this practical aspect, the garden is a place of beauty: from the draping “waterfall” of Ivy to contrasting foliage colours of burgundy against chartreuse, spiky against rounded forms, sculpture and water features. Sharon has made use of every surface, squeezing in a chook pen, green house, roof garden, beehive, pizza and tandoori ovens, a fernery, vegetable patch and even a smokehouse– it is a cornucopia of horticultural pleasures!
Of equal interest was Sharon’s talk about the formation of her garden, and the sharing of her knowledge about the growth of specific plants and their care. Her wealth of knowledge and experience were gold to our women, thirsty for this practical advice.
The tour was topped off with a delicious morning tea provided by Edible Futures. With a garden packed with so much interest, we’re sure it will be on our list of events again in the future.