Posted by on Jan 21, 2016 in Events, News, Open Gardens | No Comments

Would you like a rare chance to explore the stunning garden at Paul’s private Victorian property, Stonefields?

Then come along to the Stonefields Open Garden Weekend, 16 & 17 April 2016 – a very special fundraiser supporting the not-for-profit Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation.

All proceeds from the event will support the Kitchen Garden Foundation’s work, so every step through the beautiful garden will further pleasurable food education in Australia.

This is the fourth time Paul has opened the garden in support of the Foundation, but the first chance visitors will have to see it in all its autumnal beauty – previously it has only been opened in spring.

“Opening the garden is important to me as it not only allows a rare opportunity for the public to see my private space but it also helps support the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation – a charity very dear to my heart,” Paul said.

“I sit on the Board of this wonderful organisation, and being able to raise much-needed funds means more children can learn how to grow and cook their own fresh, seasonal vegetables, fruits and herbs. For me this is a very worthy cause.”

“Autumnal April means lots of seasonal colour from the oaks, maples and ornamental grapes. The garden changes shades of green, and flowers go to brilliant reds, scarlets and butter yellows,” Paul said.

“Autumn is also the peak time for a lot of our perennials so expect lots of colour from the asters, grasses and salvias.”

Once visitors have finished exploring the incredible garden – located halfway between Kyneton and Daylesford – they can relax on the lawn and enjoy a drink, bite to eat and a bit of lovely live music.

There will also be book sales and signings by Paul Bangay and Stephanie Alexander, rare plant sales, a raffle with almost $5000 worth of top food and gardening prizes, and displays by local kitchen garden schools.

Tickets are $25 if pre-purchased online or $30 at the gate (no EFTPOS; cash or credit card only). Children under 12 free.

Private garden tours with Paul Bangay and a shuttle bus from Kyneton train station are also available at an additional cost.