A weekend wander, Woodville way
The first thing you notice as you approach the home of former Heritage Gardens Nursery owners Bob and Pauline Dunn are the spectacular Moreton Bay figs.
But looking beyond them will reveal the Woodville property’s sunken garden, ha-ha wall and rose beds, which will all be on display when they open their gates for this weekend’s Woodville Wander.
Organised by the Maitland Black and White Committee, the event is celebrating 50 years and over $1 million of fundraising for Vision Australia.
Mr and Mrs Dunn’s garden, Tressingfield, is one of five participating properties along Paterson Road, joining Albion Farm, Gracemere, Zetta Park and Stradbroke.
The once non-existent garden has developed around an 1830s convict-built house, which, when they moved to property 45 years ago, was derelict and had cows living on the verandah.
“We wouldn’t call it a show garden,” Mr Dunn said.
“Because we were working most of the time we needed easy maintenance.
“There are tree roots in every garden so we’ve had some setbacks, but we’ve learned to work with them.”
During the wander, Maitland Horticultural Institute will be on hand at Tressingfield to answer garden questions, Ivanhoe Wines and the Maitland District Garden Club will set up at Zetta Park, and Dr Cameron Archer AM will be giving a talk at Albion Farm at 2pm on both days.
Additionally, painters from the Hunter Region Society of Artists will be working at the properties and the Paterson CWA will be providing refreshments at Woodville Hall.
The Woodville Wander will be held on November 17 and 18 from 10am to 4pm. For more information or to purchase tickets visit maitlandbandw.com.