Coffin Bay friends open their gardens for charity

Coffin Bay will host two open gardens this weekend, with two local couples and friends banding together to help raise money for the Port Lincoln initiative Little Bags of Hope.

Both properties gift surprises around each and every corner and show the imagination in giving old items a new life and purpose.

Fiddlestix has been created by Helen and Mike Bowyer on their 58 Holly Rise property.

The Bowyer’s have been developing their Mediterranean styled garden over the last three years and have incorporated re-purposed recycled materials into their garden.

“I’m a dump junkie,” Mrs Bowyer said.

“I spend most of my days out here gardening and creating, I just love it.”

Fiddlestix features a wine and beer garden, a mud kitchen for the grand children, numerous succulents, opp shop finds and possibly some emus.

A five-minute drive down the road and visitors will be treated to Carol and Les Fathers Serendipity garden.

The 11 Sophie Crescent property has been crafted over the last four years and also incorporates re-purposed materials, like the infamous ‘thong wall’.

“I love little areas to sit and read,” Mrs Fathers said.

“It’s all about colour, it draws you outside.

“Myself and Helen, couldn’t do what we do without the help of our husbands and them supporting our ideas.”

Serendipity features colourful mosaics and pots, little hidden areas, crafty gardens and an outdoor bathroom.

Mrs Bowyer and Mrs Fathers said they chose Little Bags of Hope because they wanted to support something local in the Eyre Peninsula.

Both gardens will have stalls, beverages, light refreshments and several other activities available for the whole family to enjoy.

Entrance to both gardens is $12, with both open from 10am to 4:30pm on October 13 and 14.