Goulburn’s historic National Trust property Riversdale re-opened to the public in fine style on Sunday with its annual fundraiser.
Hundreds flocked through the gates for the annual Rare Plants and Growers Garden Fair at the 1830s Twynam Drive homestead.
Volunteer Dawn Giles said 24 stallholders took part, selling everything from plants, garden ornaments and local produce. Goulburn Community Garden and Goulburn District Beekeepers were among those that staged displays and the hard working Riversdale volunteers kept the hungry crowd fed with Devonshire teas and other treats.
Landscape designer Michael Bligh delivered a talk, as did Jane Suttle from Goulburn Beekeepers. Longtime volunteer Ros Loftus conducted tours of the property’s extensive garden.
Numbers through the gate were bolstered by a busload of 43 Nimmatabel Garden Club members.
Mrs Giles said Riversdale had been closed since January to allow conservation work, including structural, dampness and joinery repairs.
The National Trust NSW deputy CEO Richard Silink was a special guest on the day.
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