By Corey Everitt
Monbulk’s famous cottage-style garden, the Nook, opened once again this past weekend to the delight of residents from the Dandenong Ranges and beyond.
It is an annual tradition of Val Jackson to open her garden for one weekend each year to let the public experience her carefully cultivated garden and raise funds for Monbulk CFA.
Many from local and afar lined their cars up Monbulk Road to come see the Nook.
Even the weather gods were eager to get a glimpse, as a dreary and raining week came to an abrupt halt over Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November to provide the open garden with perfect, clear skies and sunshine.
The Nook started when Val and her late husband Don moved to Monbulk 23 years ago.
Don was a avid horticulturalist, Val continues the garden in loving memory of him, “sharing it with the world, that’s what it is all about,” she said.