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The annual Berry Gardens Festival is again in full bloom.

Garden enthusiasts started pouring through the garden gates on Thursday, the first of four days of festivities until Sunday, October 15.

Owners of garden number six on the tour, Nancy and Tom Bevan, are part of the founding group of members.  

“The Gardens Festival was started to raise money for a retirement village in Berry,” Mrs Bevan said.

“We knew that garden festivals in other places raised quite a bit of cash for their charities, so it seemed a good way to go and we managed to talk the garden club into being behind us even though they didn’t really know what we were going to do.

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“The first year we raised $10,000 and the second year we raised $10,000 too.

“There were certain garden owners who were rather proud of their gardens and in the early years we held it in September to cater for the camellia gardens.”

Berry and District Garden Club life member Jennifer Swan, said she was shocked with the fundraising success of the inaugural festival.

“We had no idea whether it would be a success or not,” she said. 

“It is in its 28th year and has absolutely been a success. So many people come and enjoy the lovely gardens.”

Asked about her favourite part of the festival, Mrs Swan said it was “the pleasure it gives people, everybody is so happy to see the gardens and they all come out after and say how lovely they were.”


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