Spring has sprung and the Friends of the New England Regional Art Museum are celebrating by opening a lovely spring garden in Armidale on October 1 and 2.
With the theme of Art In The Garden, they will be selling a range of stunning local art works.
And where better place to have it than in the garden belonging to one of the region’s most respected sculptors Francois, Jaggi, and his wife Penny.
The Jaggi’s home and garden are located on a hillside, on two levels on the northern outskirts of Armidale, near the northern roundabout.
On the first level a lovely spacious open garden planted with natives has been created to showcase Francois’s sculptures.
There is also a pond teeming with frogs and a shady pergola. On the second level linked by a tree lined walkway ,the house nestles into the hillside.
Around the house two large ponds and a Ha Ha have been created with Australian native vegetation planted around the ponds to produce a beautiful landscape with year- round colour and create a great habitat for birds, frogs, butterflies and other invited guests.
Appropriately this is a very productive garden because as well as housing Francois’ studio the garden contains a thriving vegetable garden which produces all year round.
A wide variety of natives, deciduous trees, fruit trees as well as roses and perennials have also been planted which are suitable for the prominent seasons experienced in Armidale.
The garden will host a number of other artists including Max Powell, the BackTrack’s Ironman Welders, James White and Bronwyn Goodrich. All works will be for sale .
There will also be a number of stalls and a raffle. Teas and lunches will be available to enjoy in the lovely surroundings.
The garden is located at 79 Chestnut Avenue, off the Old Glen Innes Road just before the northern roundabout (follow the signs). Entry is $6 for adults and the garden is open on October 1 and 2 from 10am to 4.30pm.
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