With its own bar, stage and even a general store, Teldorado is not your typical open garden.
But the Drummond North property, billed as the ultimate bloke’s backyard, is sure to be among the most popular stops during this year’s Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival.
Using signs, posts, tables, chairs and items no longer wanted by other people, owner Terry Moore has worked with friends and neighbours for eight years to build a fascinating collection of Australiana.
This year, Mr Moore is looking to turn people’s attention to big-picture issues such as racism and global conflict by launching his Two Worlds project as part of a local open garden pitch this weekend.
‘‘I’ve cut two sides of the world into the ground and I’ve put sand around them as the ocean, so you can actually see Australia and New Zealand and so on,’’ he says. ‘‘Then, wherever there’s conflict in the world, I’m planting pansies. It helps give people an idea that there’s conflict going on and there’s no such thing as two worlds. It’s all the same.’’
Visitors can write messages to their world on a nearby whiteboard, while children will be encouraged to share what makes them happy on a blackboard.
Entry is by gold coin donation, with Mr Moore looking to raise $6000 for mental health first-aid training for young people.
Teldorado, at 311 Taradale Road, will be open from 10am-4pm this Friday and Sunday and September 11-13.
Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival runs from September 3-13. Details: www.kynetondaffodilarts.org.au