THE hundreds of people who strolled through Millthorpe’s gardens on the weekend provided a snapshot of how much Australians love gardens of all shapes and sizes.
People of all ages visited the gardens, which were open as part of the annual Millthorpe Garden Ramble.
At Sylvia Lovenfosse’s gorgeous cottage garden, visitor and keen gardener John Couchman was able to rattle off all the botanical names of the flowers and shrubs on display.
At 83, he had his notebook out looking for more ideas for his garden at home in Orange, where he lives with his wife June.
“Its never too late to learn,” he said.
Mr Couchman said he first became interested in the soil and planting when he was a young school boy.
“I had a patch of ground where I would grow vegetables and then put a box on my bike and ride around selling them. It’s just continued on from there,” he said.
Young couple Naiomi and Mathew Gallo, who are relative newcomers to Millthorpe were keen to show off what they had done with their garden since moving from Wollongong.
Driving through the village on their way to a job interview, the family fell in love with Millthorpe instantly.
“I just turned to John and said I could live here. The rest is history,” Mrs Gallo said.
Their cottage is nestled within a beautiful cottage garden on a one-acre block, where the couple has mixed traditional with modern garden art and established a vegetable garden, along with places to sit and relax under large trees.
The couple intends to build a new home at the back of the block, but Mrs Gallo says she wants to continue building on her garden.
“It almost becomes an addiction, wanting to add new things,” she said.
Mrs Lovenfosse said she was delighted with the number of visitors to her garden in Church Street.
“There have just been so many people coming through on both days,” she said.