Four heritage properties will feature in this year's Maitland Garden Ramble showcasing the city's history as well as some stunning gardens.
Every year for the past 36 years in Maitland, dedicated gardeners have thrown open their homes and properties to help Maitland Black and White Committee raise much needed funds for Vision Australia programs in the Hunter.
This year over the weekend of September 21 and 22, eight gardens will be open for viewing.
They range from traditional and historically significant properties to family friendly backyards and modern contemporary styles.
Black and White Committee President Ann Wonders said the garden ramble is a unique and much cherished event in the Hunter region.
"It's hard to find a happier crowd, than those taking the time to stroll through some of the premier gardens in our region and immersing themselves in the beauty of mother nature," she said.
"The Black and White Committee, invite the community to join us for the two-day garden ramble, showcasing the district's best gardens, along with great food, art and atmosphere - in what has become an annual local highlight.
"We are so fortunate each year that so many local garden owners agree to sharing their pieces of paradise with the wider community," Ann said.
Over the two days, gardens at Largs, Bolwarra, Windella and Rathluba to Anambah will be open, providing a leisurely trail close to Maitland.
This year's ramble also features four beautiful heritage properties, including the historic Anambah House, where the café and stall will be available for patrons to sit and relax among historic fig trees and panoramic rural vistas.
"It's such a diverse range this year, showcasing Maitland's history, while also celebrating newer designs too - from the small and beautifully curated, through to the large structural gardens, which means there will be something that appeals to everyone," Ann said.
The Maitland Black and White Committee is grateful to the property owners, as well as the many sponsors who provide much needed support that helps makes the event such a success.
The committee this year contributed $100,000 to Vision Australia to support it's programs in the Hunter and hopes to once again be able to raise much needed funds, through the 2019 ramble.
Prices start at $5 per garden for entry and tickets can be purchased either on the day, or prior to the event at a number of local garden centres, the Maitland Visitor Information Centre or via Maitland Ticketing Online.
Visit www.maitlandbandw.com for more information and to see a map of this year's eight gardens.