What is your connection to Moorabool?


I grew up in Melbourne’s south eastern suburbs but spent most of my adult life in Victoria’s north. I always loved to visit “the country” in Bacchus Marsh as a child.


How long have you lived in the area?


I finally moved to Balliang East 11 years ago after my children had all left home. I found a small property near to extended family members where I could build a garden and enjoy uninterrupted sunrises and sunsets.


What are you passionate about?


I am a passionate gardener, but the possibilities are limited by low rainfall (I rely on tank water), heavy clay soil and rocky ground.


How long have you been a collector and what things do you keep?


I have always liked “old stuff” rather than new, and began collecting things that reminded me of my childhood – such as handmade clothes, embroidery, coloured glass and Johnson ware crockery – about 30 years ago, when op-shops sold them relatively cheaply.


Tell me about your upcoming open garden. Why did you decide to host an event?


The collection has been expanded by inveterate garage-saling and gifts from family and friends over many years, and has now started taking up too much space.

It is time to try to pass things on. I decided to host an open garden and trash and treasure sale to recoup some expenses and have fun with friends.


What is the best thing about living in Moorabool?


The best thing about Moorabool is the weather – not too hot or too cold – and the friendly people. I think its greatest asset is its library, and helpful staff, where I can indulge another love for reading.


If you could change anything about the area, what would it be?


The only thing I would change is to have a heated indoor pool in Bacchus Marsh where I could swim year round to have fun and maintain fitness.


The garden and old shearing shed at 3304 Geelong-Bacchus Marsh Road, Balliang East will be open on October 14 and 15 between 10am and 4pm.

Gold coin entry to buy water and fertiliser, with sausage sizzle, and tea or coffee and home-made biscuits, for sale.

A local author will be selling her latest book, and another gardening enthusiast will have succulents for sale too.