Open Garden and Concert at TerrouxShare Event on Facebook Share Event on Twitter Share Event on LinkedIn
High on a hill along Wallaroo Road is the garden of Terroux created with a whole lot of love by Barb Baikie and Peter Fletcher and opened to garden lovers for the Open Garden Scheme. This is an opportunity to sticky beak around the annuals, potter among the perennials, enjoy the shrubs, trees and sculptures. There was a concert to entertain and stalls to find treasures to buy all value adding for the charities benefitting from this effort. They were the local Wallaroo Road Volunteer Fire Service happily ‘manning’ the gate and the Indigenous Literary Foundation.
The property is two acres and a constant work in progress but at just nine years old is well on the way to being a significant addition to the gardens along the Molonglo. The valley between takes your view from the hill across the river to the hillocks and on to the Brindabellas with on this day a stiff ‘nor-easter’ blowing in from up Wee Jasper way. But what a view! It’s the stuff of an Elioth Gruner painting.
The structural aspects have defined the spaces, paths and garden beds, with a dry creek bed and a bridge to cross to meander the paths and get among the prolific ‘gauras’ to find the gazebo, large enough for long afternoons of peace and quiet or happy family feasts. The extra large picture window of the main bedroom is a picture perfect outlook to the ‘tea set’ sculpture of potter John Payne of Bingie Pottery and an example of how the windows of this country home bring the garden inside and showcase the view from all aspects.
Now that ‘nor-easter’ put a damper on the hope for an outside concert but as quick as you could say bring in the chairs all was organized and the afternoon concert could begin. Sally Jones at just 17 is an accomplished singer, songwriter and musician with an intention to study maths and economics at university. Her beautiful voice and intelligent lyrics augur well for this talented young lady who MC Virginia Haussegger was so impressed with and then made us search our own past to remember what we were accomplishing at 17. Best not comment, but there was more after an interlude of delicious food prepared and served by the Zonta team who had already done the Devonshire tea service, when Leila Gato and Michael Dalvean of The Night Café performed their mix of Cuban salsa, Brazilian bossanova and Argentine tangos.
I almost met with kangaroo disaster driving home in the dusk, but the hulking big grey soared over the bonnet and by a flick of his tail missed connecting with the metal; my heart though missed more than a few beats.