Art in the Garden

This summer, the event is being held on Saturday and Sunday, January 56, in heartland Alexandra in Old Golf Course Road, Bridge Hill.

There will be a range of artists, performers, and exhibitions placed in seven private gardens which are not usually open to the public. Clever homeowners have taken a range of immovable structural elements such as giant rocks, steep banks, bubbling streams and old gnarled trees and used these as a backdrop, carefully choosing plants to enhance their property.

Each garden showcases a range of trees, shrubs and perennials that thrive in this exposed environment, where extremes of climate are the norm. It is very evident how each homeowner has created an outstanding environment that meets their own unique needs. Examples of this are: hand-stacked dry stone walls; xeriscaping using a wide range of plants, trees and shrubs selected to attract wildlife and native birds and insects; as well as productive kitchen and orchard gardens.

Your ticket is valid for two days, which means that you are able to use both days to view a wide range of works of art from painters working in a range of different media, potters, photographers, upcycled art, jewellery, sewing, Maori weaving as well as wool crafts, including spinners and weavers, knitting and felting.

Bring your lunch and take time to soak in the spectacular view over the Alexandra Basin from the Old Man Range to Leaning Rock. Sit awhile and enjoy performers as they showcase their talents. On offer are talented vocalists accompanied by a wide range of instruments, as well as the ukulele group Ukes in Thyme.

In 1917, this road was once home to the second golf course in Alexandra and many of the original features are still evident today — the giant rock formations on green number four, which was called ‘‘Old Man’’ because it faces in the direction of the Old Man Range, and the wooden bridge that crossed the stream on your way to Schaumann’s Orchard and Punchbowl fairway. The sprawling willow tree still stands majestically. When it was planted, it stood like a sentinel overlooking fairway eight, opposite the original equipment shed. There will be limited-edition prints for sale of this historic nine-hole golf course.

Profits from Art in the Garden are distributed back into the Alexandra community in the form of a scholarship. Artists and performers of any age are able to apply for funding in order to develop or extend their range of skills or knowledge.

We invite you to join us for the weekend. Tickets cost $25, which provides you access to each garden and a free Devonshire afternoon tea. Tickets are available from Alexandra Unichem Pharmacy or all CODC iSites.