Kaye and Keith Mundey take a minute out in a shady spot at their open garden at the weekend.
Kaye and Keith Mundey take a minute out in a shady spot at their open garden at the weekend. Shannon Newley

Garden grows from scrap

WHAT started out as more or less a scrap heap 10 years ago had strangers wandering around joyfully stumbling on all manner of delights at the weekend.

Kaye and Keith Mundey's Tannymorel garden was open to the public and it was hard to believe it wasn't always the quaint country retreat they have transformed it into - complete with a short bushwalk and creek running through the backyard.

"When we first got here, there were old cars and sheds everywhere," Mrs Mundey said.

After clearing it they got to work planting and pruning.

At the weekend many people turned out to enjoy their hard work.

"It's gone really well, better than I expected," Mrs Mundey said. "It's been great.

"I bought six raffle ticket books thinking I would have three for Saturday and three for Sunday but we had used five by lunch time (Saturday)."

Mrs Mundey said after many hours of slaving away in the garden, it was nice to share it with the appreciative public.

"The comments have been really positive," she said.

"People seem to like lots of the restored works and are quite taken with Keith's heritage display.

"It's bringing back lots of memories for them."

Across the way, just outside Killarney, people were also frolicking in the expansive gardens of Melrose Station.

An old steam train puffed while a windmill whirred, and a horse and cart attracted the attention of children while drinks were served from the old shed bar which looked out across paddocks of crops and cattle.

Both properties supported fundraising for charities.


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