Silvan open garden

Walk among the daffodils at Colin Drewitt's Silvan garden. 171942_01 Pictures: WENDY WILLIAMSON

By Wendy Williamson

The first spring daffodils, a fine tree peony collection and lots of rare trees and shrubs feature in the beautiful Silvan garden of Colin and Marj Drewitt.
In what has become an annual event, the garden at 8-10 Henderson Hill Road is open to the public on the last two Saturdays of August and the first Saturday of September, from 10am to 3.30pm.
Included in the entry fee are cups of tea or coffee and biscuits.
Entry is $3 per adult, $2 per child, family $10, with part of the entry fee going to the Fred Hollows Foundation.
“I have great admiration for him and his foundation, giving people the ability to see,” Mr Drewitt said.
Over 20 years Mr Drewitt has created a gorgeous half-acre garden, complete with neat box hedges, from what was once a chestnut orchard. The centrepiece should find favour with all ages – a model garden railway, with its own mini-landscape through which a little train merrily makes its way.