The inaugural Open Gardens for Spring event wrapped up on Sunday with two magnificent north coast gardens on show.
Event organiser Anne Morrison said it was a fantastic finale. "I've heard there were between 205 and 243 people attended at each garden, and more than $800 in donations was raised at each garden for Western KI Lions and junior tennis."
Both gardens and their creators had bushfire stories to tell. Caroline Taylor, at the historic Western River Homestead was at home when the summer's first big fire hit on December 20. That was the Duncan fire, like all the other fires, was sparked by lightning.
She and a group of backpackers sheltered on the beach until Kingscote CFS captain Mick Swayne heroically got them out with fire on either side of the road.
The fire made it to the edge of two sides of the garden but thankfully all of Caroline and her husband Bill's hard work in the homestead and garden did not burn.
The other fire-impacted garden on show on Sunday was Wind & Wings, belonging to Kaylene Graham, perched on the clifftop west of Middle River.
She lost her home off nearby Johncock Road, as well as her son Josh and Lilly's home and farm, in the Ravine fire in early January.
Wind & Wings was actually damaged in the Middle River fire of 2018, when most of the massive eucalyptus trees out front were killed. The new, front section of the garden was created when Kaylene had a contractor attempt to remove a massive stump. The summer's fires skirted around the property, perhaps due to the earlier burn.