Discover Eden in your own backyard

Showing off their stunning garden that will open as part of the annual Spring Garden Competition are avid gardeners Ron and Nita Burns of Goonellabah with Lismore Home Garden Education Club president Wally Estreich. Inset: A beautiful rainbow lorikeet that stopped off for a bite to eat during this journalists visit to the Burns garden.

Avid gardener Ron Burns from Goonellabah believes the best inspiration for any green thumb is to see what other gardeners are doing first-hand and share ideas over a leisurely stroll.

Ron and his wife Nita are members of the Lismore Home Garden Education Club, which is devoted to gardening in the most environment-friendly way, and encourages members to use water-saving methods, Australian native plants and organic mulches and fertilisers.

The club is in the midst of its Spring Garden Competition and are inviting people to visit these award-winning gardens from this Saturday, September 9 to Tuesday, September 12.

Not only can you wander around and pick up some handy hints, but the gardeners themselves will be more than happy to dispense pearls of wisdom and possibly even hand over a few precious cuttings.

The gardens that are open are the absolute pick of the bunch and right now theyre at their finest at the beginning of spring everything is blooming and bursting with life, said Ron. Gardening is a great way to get out in the fresh air and its very peaceful my wife calls its food for the soul. And theres no better way to get enthused than to see nature in action.

There are many open gardens in Goonellabah and Lismore as well as a few just out of town. For a list of locations and directions phone Ron on 6624 7422 or Wally on 6624 1125.

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