Children lend a hand for big garden event

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Children at the Mayfield Playcentre have played their part in preparation for Saturday’s garden tour and fete by potting up seedlings and lilies.

Four properties will be open for the Homegrown Garden Tour and Fete from 10am until 4pm.

The bienniel event has been popular since it was first introduced six years ago, along with providing funds for the playcentre.

The four gardens include Hamish and Catherine McCormick’s Manaton, which is home to an extensive range of rare and interesting trees and plants.

Erin and Kevin McNab’s beautifully landscaped Stoneylea, with its large reflective pond will be open, along with the The Olde Manse garden developed by Nuala and Rob Ewer.

The fourth garden is that of Victoria and the late Ben Johnson Barcoo Estate – which will also be the site of the fete.

The fete will be the largest yet, with more than 50 stalls said fete co-ordinator Rebecca Taylor.

An array of homewares, garden sculptures, children’s and women’s clothing, plants, children’s toys, art, soap and candles, preserves, giftware, jewellery, lampshades, baby products, and food will be available.

Proceeds will go towards running the playcentre.