Well known Killabakh resident and president of The Garden Clubs of Australia, George Hoad, recently had the pleasure of hosting members of the Toronto Garden Club for a day out in his garden.
After a three-hour coach trip from the Hunter, the members were treated to a yummy Devonshire tea on arrival followed by a guided tour of the garden. George led the members around his six acre garden, explaining how it all started and his inspirations for some of the quirky features.
George explained the reasoning behind the redesign and landscaping of his latest project - the cottage garden.
"Given the prolonged hot summers and general lack of the rain; my limited time maintaining the garden due to so much interstate travel and...two new 'digging' dogs on the scene - a rethink of this large garden area was needed," he said.
"Now it's thick mulch, drought hardy plants, lots of succulents and potted annuals for a splash of colour."
Following the garden tour, everyone then tucked into a delicious lunch of mixed sandwiches and homemade desserts and if all that wasn't enough, George sent them on their way with an old-time sing-a-long! On the way home, the coach made a detour to Wingham Nursery for a little retail therapy.
George donates all monies raised from his garden openings to Ronald McDonald House Northern NSW,.
Raising more than $60,000 over the last decade.
Toronto Garden Club's visit, along with the two other garden clubs visiting in recent months, raised another $2500 for the charity.
George would like to thank members of the Killabakh Community for all the help on the day and of course his mother for all the scones, slices, biscuits, etc!