Jo Flaherty holds third Open Gardens SA event in Port Lincoln

IN BLOOM: Jo Flaherty with some banksia rose in bloom, one of the flowers on display in the open garden event. Photo: Jarrad Delaney
IN BLOOM: Jo Flaherty with some banksia rose in bloom, one of the flowers on display in the open garden event. Photo: Jarrad Delaney

Port Lincoln resident Jo Flaherty is once again inviting the community to stop and smell the flowers at her open garden event this weekend.

Mrs Flaherty, wife of Port Lincoln mayor Brad Flaherty, is holding her third Open Gardens SA event at ElderHood House on 12 Prospect Road,which this year will be raising money for the Port Lincoln RSL Sub Branch.

She said the garden had been ever changing since they had moved in 15 years ago, with the first couple of years involving plans on what to do and where things would go.

"I never thought about an open garden (then), until a coordinator here (named) Lynn Miller suggested it one day," she said.

"I love my garden and I think it's something I can share with people, visitors often compliment us on the garden and people with a similar passion can come and enjoy what I've done."

As for what work her husband does in the garden, Mrs Flaherty said Mr Flaherty helped with a lot of the heavy lifting, such as moving pots or shoveling gravel, but he also shared in the love of the garden's beauty.

The previous open garden events in 2016 and 2019 raised money for Minton Farm Animal Rescue Centre and the Royal Flying Doctor Service respectively and now will be raising for the local RSL.

The garden will be open from 10am to 4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday with $8 entry.

A plant stall will have a variety of plants for sale, contributed by community members, with devonshire tea also available for sale.

Mrs Flaherty said she looked forward to once again opening up the garden for locals to enjoy and to support a worthy cause.

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