Splendid autumn day for Open Garden

Welcoming visitors - Barbara Ross, John Ross and Gladys Wilson
03rd May 2023

Guyra was looking splendid last Saturday when Di Crossing generously opened her beautiful garden at the Old Manse to raise funds for the Guyra and Community Progress Association.  The maples, Chinese pistacias, golden ash and elms shone with red and gold in the streets and private gardens.
The day was a wonderful success, with approximately 300 visitors.  The weather was kind and many locals and others from far and wide took the opportunity to wander beneath century old trees, marvelling at the stunning autumn foliage and admiring the gracious old house, home of the early  Presbyterian minister in Guyra, the Reverend McKie. 
The lovely signs painted by local artist, Kay Smith, and placed on the highway drew many passers by, some on their way to Brisbane and beyond.  Others came from Garden Clubs in Port Macquarie, Tamworth and Uralla, as well as a Photography Club in Walcha.  Many remarked that Guyra was a hidden gem and that it would be great to have a Tourist Information Centre here to exploit its potential. We locals often take our four seasons for granted, but one couple from the Gold Coast were so entranced by the falling golden leaves that they scooped up armfuls to take home with them.
The flow on to business in town was particularly pleasing to see.  The town centre was buzzing and eateries, especially the pub, were reportedly run off their feet.  The Antique Car Museum was very popular, too, as was the local nursery, which had a great day.  There is nothing like an Open Garden to inspire others to buy plants on the way home!
President of the Progress Association, Donna Davidson, was delighted with the results on the day and says that all moneys raised will go towards improvements in the town and surrounds.  The event was such a success that it is intended to do something similar on an annual basis to showcase Guyra in autumn.

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