A Day in the Garden at Tieve Tara was a beautiful event by the Women's Cancer Foundation held in a private garden in Mt Macedon. This garden is privately owned yet open to the public during the spring and autumn months, and is a great place to enjoy a day.
The WCF filled the garden with activities for their visitors to enjoy over the perfectly sunny day. Garden tours ran every hour, with knowledgeable tour guides with close ties to the garden, including the garden's designer. His brief "To create Australia's most beautiful garden" was a big ask. My limited knowledge of gardens means I can't judge, however Tieve Tara is absolutely beautiful, even to the untrained eye.
The Country Women's Association was also involved in the day, offering Devonshire Tea in a marque erected in the renovated grass tennis court. We ate our scones (made fresh by the CWA that morning) and sipped tea while we enjoyed classical music played by a quintet of harpists.
Only once you walk past the upper lake will you see the lower lake, where the ducks and geese congregate. Once you're past the lower lake, you find another gorgeous green space surrounded by trees, and then the hidden entrances to the final level with a children's haven.
Part of what made this event so perfect for families was the many lovely places for children to explore in the garden. Down at the bottom of the garden and over the creek was a cubby filled with toys, complete with slide and sandpit. Nearby, a clown entertained laughing children, while practicing some balloon magic. Across the day, popping balloons could be heard as testament to the short-lived nature of children's balloon animals. However, they were clearly appreciated during their life, as evidenced by the many children happily toting balloon creations. On the way down to the creek and its hidden playground, you passed the toadstools with welcoming gnomes.
We joined the many other people indulging in some ice cream, while enjoying the grass, sun and music. An ice cream truck is always a good idea. We tried orange and cardamom ice cream, which felt very appropriate to the setting – fruity, perfectly-spiced and delicious.
For the keen gardeners there was a greenhouse of plants available for purchase, and a crèche to leave plants while patrons continued to enjoy the day. This range of plants came from the garden itself, allowing people to take home some of the pieces they saw and loved.
Other activities to fill the day included a qualified masseuse set up with a view of the lake, and a stall of local gourmet food products for sale. A particular highlight for me was the flower stand, where you could create your own bouquet of flowers from the many buckets of blooms and greenery available. The ladies volunteering were making gorgeous arrangements for people to buy (for as little as $5) or you could donate a coin and make your own. I was very happy with my result.
The WCF have been working to help women with ovarian cancer since 1996, and they offer great events like this one so people can donate to the cause while enjoying a great day out. I highly recommend supporting other events run by the WCF.