LOCAL residents have a rare opportunity to view the Numbaa property Merribee and its extensive gardens.
The property will be open on Saturday and Sunday, October 19-20 from 9am until noon, with residents welcome to wander through its gardens.
At the same time they will be raising money for the Shoalhaven Cancer Centre and Linear Accelerator Appeal.
While it is well known as a local function centre and wedding venue, the property’s gardens are worth a visit.
Visitors will be charged just a gold coin entry to view the many wonderful facets of this garden.
Owners Richard and Lucy Marshall purchased the property 13 years ago and have undertaken a massive transformation.
Local James Thompson redesigned the gardens, which feature more than 1000 heritage roses, an extensive topiary nursery of hedging plants, which is one of Richard’s passions, a physics garden made up of plants with medical properties and a small lavender nursery.
It is also home to a number of exotic plants.
There is a parterre garden surrounding the kitchen, which includes one of the rose gardens.
Property manager Paul O’Dwyer has an extensive background in the horticultural industry, working locally, interstate and overseas and said you would have to go a long way to find a better place to work.
“It is just such a lovely property and a wonderful place to work,” he said.
“While our prime function is as a venue location, there is so much more to the property.
“It has been a fantastic challenge taking on this property – it is just wonderful and extremely rewarding.
“Being surrounded by local dairy farms it is just so peaceful.
“And with spring upon us it should be beautiful this weekend.”