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HISTORIC Cluanie Garden at Koonwarra will be
open again for Mothers’ Day on Sunday, May 14
from 10am to 4pm.
It’s become a most popular annual event, with
600 people attending last year, despite unfavour-
Cluanie, at 430 Koonwarra Inverloch Road, is
owned by Anne Vale and Michael Sidell.
The $10 entry price is fully deductible when pur-
chasing Anne’s latest release ‘Influential Australian
Garden People: their stories’ ($49.99). The special
price for Open Garden Day is $40.
The event includes a barbecue and hot/cold
drinks provided by Leongatha Lions Club, farm
tours at 11am and 2pm (maximum 15 partici-
pants), garden talks at 11am and 2pm and chil-
A gracious 1890’s farm house overlooks this
delightful country garden featuring maples for au-
tumn colour, ginkgoes and a wide range of exotics.
Visitors will discover an orchard with persimmon
and pomegranate trees and a remarkable food
garden with citrus and raised vegetable beds.
There are quirky rustic garden curios, dry stone
walls and arbours to wander through.
The old homestead, sited at the top of a mound,
is gradually disappearing behind a swath of green-
ery all planted in the past seven years.
You enter the property via a winding driveway
bordered by paddocks and contented cattle.
Originally called Lyrebird Mound, the property
was renamed Cluanie by the MacDonald family in
Anne has drawn on the lovely garden Mrs Mac-
Donald created during the 1930s and 40s.
It is an old fashioned country garden of shrubs,
trees and curved garden beds interspersed with
The garden of just over half an acre is divided
into various rooms which emphasise each aspect
of the house. At the western end of the homestead
there are raised vegetable beds surrounded by a
small grove of citrus trees.
Facing north, French doors from the kitchen
open to a back veranda shaded by ornamental
grapes which form a wall of green to the large
courtyard. Hedges of Metrosideros and Jasmine
enclose a garden of Rugosa roses, Crab Apples,
Flax, and Euphorbias.
The southern aspect has a circular gravelled
courtyard and in the shade of the house Anne has
indulged in many favourite shade loving plants
such as Tree Ferns, Ligularias, Fuchsias, Liriopes
The opposite side of the gravel circle gets full sun
and has been mass planted with various Salvias,
Lilly Pilly, Sparmarnia and Eucomis.
In 2016 the wide formal veranda on the eastern
aspect had the original iron lace restored to its for-
mer glory after lying in a shed for more than 30
The view from the veranda takes in a semicircu-
lar bed of Flax, Escallonia, Ceanothus, Crab Apple
and Ginkgo. Beyond is the orchard which is al-
ready producing an abundance of fruit.
The setting in the rolling hills is lovely and
thanks to abundant water and rich red soil the
garden has grown at a rapid rate.
The mixture of shrubberies, perennial plantings
and trees is set against a wonderful backdrop of
century old Oaks, Elms and Cypress.
More details on http://www.myopengarden.com.au
Entry price is $10 and children under 18 can
A percentage of the garden entry fee and all of
the catering profits will be donated to the Flying
2 BIGGS DRIVE, WONTHAGGI
Over $1,000 in
prizes to be won!
Simply spend $20 with any specialty retailer, or
$70 with Target and Coles, place your contact
details on the back of your receipt and place
into the entry barrel in centre court.
1st prize: $500 Prouds Jewellery voucher
2nd prize: $100 Jeanswest voucher
3rd prize: $100 Sunoom Chinese massage voucher
4th prize: $100 Priceline voucher
5h prize: $100 Target voucher
6th prize: $100 Best & Less voucher
7th prize: $100 Fashion Nails & Spa voucher
Drawn Friday, May 12 at 2pm
Indulge Mum this
Mother’s Day at
Mother’s Day High Tea
Sunday, May 14
The Wonthaggi Club
16 McBride Avenue, Wonthaggi 5672 1007
Enjoy a glass of champagne on arrival
Sweet Treats | Selection of petit four
Finger Sandwiches | Cucumber & cream cheese
Chicken & mayonnaise
Salmon with red onion and cream cheese
Freshly Baked Scones| Accompanied by strawberry
preserve and chantilly cream
Hot Beverages | A selection of tea or coffee
WONTHAGGI Plaza is the perfect place to go
shopping for Mothers’ Day.
The plaza has a huge range of retailers happy
to help customers and offer advice on some
great gifts that Mum will love on her special day.
They’re also giving away more than $1000
in prizes if you spend more than $20 with any
speciality retailer or $70 with Coles or Target.
The prizes are to thank you, the customers, for
your support over the years at Wonthaggi Plaza.
And for those who are still unsure what to get
Mum, most retailers offer gift vouchers so you
can leave the decision up to her.
The plaza has always celebrated Mothers’
Day, knowing how important it is to say ‘Thank
you’ to mums across the world.
To enter to win prizes at the Wonthaggi Plaza,
simply place your name and contact details on
the back of your qualifying receipt and put it in
the barrel at the plaza.
Come on down and check out Wonthaggi
History preserved and
enhanced at Cluanie
Wonthaggi Plaza is filled with retail
stores with special offers and gifts perfect
for Mum this Mothers’ Day. Prouds The
Jewellers have a stunning range of jew-
ellery, giftware and more. Staff are, from
left, Glenda Robb, Carol Duryea and Debo-
rah Murrells. mm101817
Plaza for Mothers’ Day gifts
Anne Vale and Michael Sidell will open historic Cluanie Garden at Koonwarra on Mothers’ Day.
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