Towamba adds new twist on Eden Open Gardens

With spring in full bloom it's that time of year again when the Eden Lioness Club hosts the popular Eden and District Open Gardens Festival.

Garden enthusiasts from all over the Bega Valley will get the opportunity to pop into private paradises of local gardeners.

Ron and Julie Lambourns property is the most popular stop on the Eden Lioness Clubs annual Open Garden Festival.

Ron and Julie Lambourns property is the most popular stop on the Eden Lioness Clubs annual Open Garden Festival.

This year there's an added bonus with Towamba gardeners adding their name to the list.

As a result, the event has gone a little bit town and country.

Not only will garden enthusiasts be invited to meander through the acres of lush foliage, wild and tamed, they will also be treated to a sticky beak of a heritage slab houses.

Organiser Sandra Symonds said she was delighted Towamba gardeners have jumped on board.

"It just opens it right up, people will be able to get a taste of larger acreage, they are all incredible gardeners."

Asked what would be a highlight feature of this year's festival Ms Symonds said it was impossible to choose.

"They're all different in their own way. We've got gardens with rambling ground cover, rock orchards, sloping blocks, bush gardens with old gums, climbing roses and classic cottage ones. It's magnificent."

Ms Symonds urged people not to be put off by the short drive out to Towamba, stating the road is in perfect condition and the trip to the bushy town would be well worth the effort.

The Towamba School will feature its garden, as well as offering up drinks and nibbles.

With six gardens opening up their gates to the public, including the Lambourrns - who Ms Symonds said have added yet another inspiring sea faring feature to their collection - there is sure to be something for everyone.

Eden Lioness Club Open Gardens will be open to public in Towamba and Eden on October 26 and 27, from 10am until 4pm on both days. For further information contact Sandra on (02) 6496 1459.