FRANNIE Hopkirk’s garden is a labour of love and something she works hard at on a daily basis.
Her beautiful English cottage garden is one of nine new locations to be included in this year’s Millthorpe Garden Ramble on November 2 and 3.
Mrs Hopkirk said she had been asked a few times over the years to get involved, and had always said no, that is, until the ramble was pushed back a few weeks.
Originally held on the October long weekend, ongoing rainy weather prompted organisers to delay the annual ramble by six weeks.
“They have asked a few times and at the end of October and beginning of November is when gardens hit their straps,” Mrs Hopkirk said.
She moved to the property 20 years ago and has worked hard on her garden since then.
“I work on it every day, it takes a lot of time ... it’s my major work,” she said.
Mrs Hopkirk said her garden was quite often the scene of meals, artists and relaxing afternoons.
“A lot of people come here to do drawing ... it’s very accommodating and romantic,” she said.
Millthorpe Garden Ramble president John Ash said the 10 gardens in this year’s event featured many different styles.
“We try and get a mix of town gardens and out-of-town gardens,” he said.
“A lot of people are interested in the big rambling gardens because they don’t have them.”
Mr Ash said the ramble had its biggest and most successful year in 2012 with more than 3000 people taking a peek at the gardens during the event.
“It’s just become really well known ... it’s pretty unique in this area,” he said.
During the ramble weekend there will also be a dozen market stalls at Redmond Oval featuring garden supplies and equipment.
Tickets can be purchased at each garden or at ramble headquarters at Redmond Oval.
Cost is $15 for entry into all 10 gardens or $5 each.
Millthorpe Garden Ramble Village gardens
* Sylvia Lovenfosse, 40 Church Street
* Frannie Hopkirk, 7 Elliott Street
Gardens to the south of Millthorpe
* Virginia Higgins, “Fairview”, 144 Nyes Gates Road
Gardens to the west of Millthorpe
* Peter Seligman, “Warriwillah”, 168 Forest Reefs Road
* John Taylor, “Eidolia Park”, 75 Charles Booth Way
* Bruce and Sophie Reynolds, “Foxfield” 686 Spring Terrace Road
* Paul and Kerrie Nicholls, “Glenlea”, 113 Glenlea Road
* Fiona Austin, “Elizabeth Farm”, 681 Tallwood Road
* Sylvia Tolhurst, “SylvanDale Ridge”, 90 Watterson’s Lane
* Piers and Patricia Bannatyne, “Tannachie”, 37 Burn Road