Rose Patch Open Day

A milestone has been reached by Ian and Ulrieke Kethel, who are celebrating 30 years of opening their large country garden to the public.

What started as a display garden for old fashioned and perfumed roses has developed into a stunning collection of anything that will grow under the humid Bellingen conditions. This time of the year the daylilies are starting to flower and hippeastrum bulbs are at their best.

Over the years a red bridge, Dorrigo rocks, ponds, stone walls and steps have been added to complete the picture. The 32 acres property is surrounded by natural bush, and Ian and Ulrieke are in the process of turning it into a wild life reserve. The bush is a breeding place for koalas, many birds, reptiles and habitat for rare and endangered species.

For the open day on Saturday, the Bellingen Garden club is providing a coffee shop on the shady verandas and morning and afternoon tea is included in the entry price of $6.

All proceeds from the day will go to “Lily Rose”, a charity supporting pregnant women in our district, run by Life House Ministries in Coffs Harbour.

The plant nursery will be open for sales.

When: Saturday, October 14 from 9.30 to 3.30.

Where:  63 Reids Rd, Hydes Creek. Parking is available in the adjoining paddock.  

For further info, ring us on 02 6655 0685 or 0431 210 699 or email rosepatchbandb@bigpond.com.