Local gardeners are putting the finishing touches on their blooming creations ahead of the annual Open Gardens of Eden exhibition next weekend.
Presented by the Eden Lionesses, the open gardens event is part of Eden Whale Festival celebrations.
This year it will showcase 10 local gardens over two days, each with a different theme, plus the historic Edrom Lodge on the southern side of Twofold Bay.
Edrom Lodge will be open to the public for two days, from 8am to 4pm, to mark its 100th anniversary.
Taking a break from concreting part of her patch on Wednesday, organiser Sandra Symonds said she is expecting around 200 people to attend the event.
“There are quite a few large gardens, in Eden, Nethercote and Broadwater as well as smaller special gardens like the St Joseph’s Convent and Campbell Page’s edible garden,” she said.
Some of the larger garden’s such as the Esplins of North Head and Liddell’s of Nethercote have stunning water views of Twofold Bay.
In her own garden, Sandra said roses and cyclamens are putting on a fine show, setting off the solar water features and landscaping beautifully.
The Lionesses are also running a huge raffle which any gardener would love to win. They are selling raffle tickets in Imlay Street almost every day until the festival proper on November 2 and 3.
Worth over $600, the raffle includes a Cyclone wheelbarrow and garden equipment along with seeds, fertilisers and everything you need to start or maintain a garden.
Monies raised support the festival, and key Lioness projects such as the Snowy Hydro Careflight helicopter and local families in need.
To visit the open gardens on October 26 and 27, visit the Eden Lioness tent on the Princes Highway Eden (opposite the Eden Gateway Holiday park) to collect your map.
Tickets are $10.