October 8th, 2022Garden fundraiser to stop AusNet Towers
THE Kingston Old School will open its gardens to the public on Saturday, October 22 with all proceeds from the day going towards the Stop AusNet’s Towers campaign.
he grounds of this historic one-hectare property have been transformed from asphalt playground into magnificent gardens, with rooms formed by high hedges.
Around each corner is a new visual treat. In addition to a meadow surrounded by beautiful trees including copper beech, purple beech, horse chestnuts and maples, there is a woodland garden, a bog garden, a pond garden, an avenue of pear trees and a dry garden to admire, as well as a parterre and a ginkgo grove.
The gardens were last opened to the public in 2017. Many former students made the trip back and recalled memories of their school days. They particularly remembered the “helicopter tree”, so called because of the way the seeds spun as they dropped from the old sycamore tree.
The Kingston Old School gardens were featured in the 2020 publication, The Garden State – Inside Victoria’s Private Gardens by Richard Allen and Kimbal Baker.
The gardens will be open from 10am to 4pm and there will be garden tours at 11am and 2pm.
Fresh coffee and homemade cake will be available to purchase, as well as a sausage sizzle. Plants will be available for sale from Daylesford’s Friends of Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens, and entertainment provided throughout the day by The Roundabout Folk Band, The Creswick Choir, and local artists, Neil Adam and Judy Turner.
There is also the chance to win a hamper of local gourmet produce, two weekend passes to CresFest23 and more.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the gate on the day.
The school is on Kingston Road, Kingston just off the Midland Highway.