Fundraisers set for a good thyme

Sharon and Bevis Frances are hosting one of two local open garden events in October and are fundraising for the Australian Melanoma Research Foundation.

The Frances' retired to Port Lincoln and having lived in Queensland Mrs Frances joined the local garden club to learn what grows best in the local climate.

"I'm a member of the Port Lincoln Garden Club...one of the ladies is a member of Open Gardens SA and she suggested I host an event," she said.

Mrs Frances said she needed to nominate a charity and chose the Melanoma Research Foundation.

"We lost our daughter-in-law to melanoma," she said.

Mrs Frances has also personally dealt with melanoma and she said she was delighted to have already raised $750.

Mrs Frances said there would be a raffle, Devonshire tea, and various items sold for the fundraiser including plants and potpourri from her 75 rose bushes.

She said features of her garden included succulents, several fruit trees, roses from Koppio, and the stone wall in the back garden made from Koppio stone.

"It's fun because you've got this change happening all the time with the seasons," she said.

The event is at Rosewood, 1 Lawson Drive, on October 5 and 6 from 10am to 4.30pm. Entry is $8 for public, $6 for Open Gardens SA members and concession card holders and free for children.

Another open garden is being held at Elderhood House by Jo Flaherty, 12 Prospect Road, on October 12 and 13 with entry and times the same.

The home was built in 1906 and features a fairy garden, creek bed and gardens on three levels. The event is fundraising for the local RSL.