Two styles go on show

Chloe FraserSound Telegraph
Tony Williams will open his 2ha garden to the public on Sunday.
Camera IconTony Williams will open his 2ha garden to the public on Sunday.

Oakford resident Tony Williams will open his 2ha garden to the public on Sunday, September 8 sharing his journey to building his dream ornamental garden as part of the Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire’s Garden Week.

More than 20 years in the making, the property was designed and constructed by Mr Williams to showcase the best of two styles — native and non-native vegetation.

To prevent the delineation between the native and non-native areas of the garden, Mr Williams built a built a circular road within the property boundary, which divides 1ha of non-native garden from the original native bushon the property.

“Before even lifting a shovel to plant the first plant, I drew up quite detailed plans for the layout,” he said.

“Architecture and plants are considered to be of equal importance to the garden.

“There is extensive infrastructure, including a fernery building, retaining walls and an ornamental grape arbour.

“One major aspect of the development was to also allow for the extensive use of mulch ... the non-native garden consumes about 100 cubic metres of mulch each year.”

Original plans, designs and an extensive journal outlining the gardens progress through the years will be on display when the garden is open to the public this Sunday.

Mr Williams will also give a talk about the maintenance of the garden including the use of mulch, at 11am and 2pm.

The Serpentine Jarrahdale Bush Fire Ready Action Group and Dan The Bee Man will also be on-site during the day and plants will be available for purchase from the Australian Native Nursery.

At 233 Foxton Drive, Oakford Adel Sen garden will be open from 10pm to 4pm. Entry is $5. Mr Williams has opened his garden to the public five times since 2007, with the last opening held in 2011.

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