Christmas puddings, cupcakes, preserves and other delights flew off the trestle tables as beautiful music wafted through Peppermint Grove at the Presbyterian Ladies’ College 17th annual Open Garden Day.
Last week’s event, held at the school and nearby homes, raised tens of thousands of dollars for the College.
Visitors had a chance to explore eight glorious gardens of nearby residents, who’d kindly opened their grounds to the public for the day.
Attendees had the opportunity to meet some of the owners, landscapers and gardeners who design and maintain the magnificent properties. Some of this year’s properties had never been opened to the general public before.
A couple of highlights were the first viewings of iconic local properties Unalla and The Cliffe.
A high-point was the chance to wander through the beautifully manicured garden at 5 View St, directly across the road from the school, where popular chef Anna Gare held mouth-watering cooking demos on the verandah.
PLC Open Garden Day has become a much-anticipated event on the social calendar of gardening enthusiasts, families and curious onlookers, allowing them a rare glimpse into some of Perth’s most exclusive properties.
Elsewhere the PLC Pipe Band and other School Music ensembles filled the gardens with melodic sounds, adding to the ambience of the day.
Crowds swarmed the school markets where numerous stalls sold homemade cakes, preserves, flowers, fresh juices, handmade crafts, second-hand books and more.
Also back by popular demand was the Garden Café, offering delicious homemade lunch and tea refreshments in the grounds of one of the properties.
The school raised a goodly sum. The Auxiliary is yet to decide how the funds will be used; however takings from the day always go towards projects that will benefit the students.
All in all, a great day was had by all. We can’t wait for next year’s PLC garden extravaganza!