One of the magical properties open for the CWA Kandos Gardens Fair is Virginia Handmer and Geoffrey Payne’s Winton on Coxs Creek Road, Rylstone.
Step back in time to a cottage garden planted in the late 1800s by the Mills family. There are a number of very old trees including lilac, quince, peach and pear. Interesting features include a pond growing water chestnuts, vegetable gardens, an aviary, ducks (Indian Runners) and goats (Virginia makes her own cheese).
The house ‘Winton’, which will be open on the Saturday, is over 150 years old. It was built by the builder of Rylstone’s historic Bridge View Inn, with an extension built around 1900.
There will be an exhibition of paintings by Fran Weidensach and lino prints by Virginia as well as a cheese-making demonstration.
Winton is one of three gardens owned by artists along Coxs Creek Road that will be open for the Gardens Fair, making this a “must do” route for all keen gardeners over the weekend.