Keep your fingers crossed that the storm clouds stay away and the sun shines brightly across Maitland on the weekend of September 20 and 21.
That’s when a small band of women from the Maitland Black and White Committee will roll up their sleeves and work hard across the two days to raise money for a good cause.
That cause is Vision Australia, formerly known as the Royal Blind Society of NSW, and the event they have organised is the 31st Maitland Garden Ramble.
Last year this dedicated group of women raised $65,000 to help people who are blind or have low vision.
That effort also took their total to more than $1,000,000 for the cause since the committee’s inception.
This year’s Maitland Garden Ramble features seven local gardens and the organisers hope to attract more than 5000 people across the two days.
Among the garden owners are Nicole and Ben Thomas, who have turned their steeply sloping Regent Street, Maitland, block into a tidy English garden.
“We spent a lot of time living in London so the formality of an English garden is something we wanted, but not too much maintenance and a little bit of colour,” Mrs Thomas told the Mercury yesterday.
The Maitland Garden Ramble is a wonderful opportunity to take a peek into the backyards of some of the city’s best gardens and, hopefully, give you ideas you can take home to improve your own backyard.
Thank you to the seven home owners who have spent many hours preparing their beautiful gardens for the rest of us to visit and enjoy this year.
Your generosity, and the hard work of the Black and White Committee, will make a huge difference for those who are vision impaired.