December 9th, 2023Sweet smell of open gardens success
Last month’s Musk open gardens event has raised thousands of dollars for the Musk CFA.
Event coordinator Duncan Evans says it raised $13,500 and achieved the main goal of purchasing a
thermal imaging camera.
While there had been many cancellations due to the prior Daylesford accident on November 5, Duncan said the open gardens fundraiser had still been a success.
Many made a full day of it, lunching in the featured gardens of Musk Manor and neighbouring Musk Farm, and catching the train out from Daylesford.
Duncan said after expenses, $2200 will go to the Spa Country Railway and $8100 to the CFA. Organisers say they are particularly grateful to the owners of the two featured gardens and to the many local businesses and sponsors who supported the event.
Musk Farm owner Cathy Ai, (pictured above right) with Musk Manor owner Helen Hayes, said she had loved seeing others enjoy the beautiful garden at Musk Farm.
A comparative newcomer to gardening, Cathy admits there were nerves in the lead-up to this year’s
open garden event.
“I was very nervous before the open garden but next time I should be fully prepared,” says Cathy. “It’s a big challenge but I’m really keen to learn.”
Duncan’s thoughts are now turning to coordinating another community fundraising event in 2024.
He expects the next one will again feature either an open garden or two – or an online art auction. “And it will probably raise funds for a local wildlife facility,” he said. Words: Eve Lamb | Image: Kyle Barnes