If winter left your garden looking a little less than wonderful, a trip to the highlands this weekend might give you the inspiration you need to get it blooming again.
Robertson Springtime Open Gardens is on this Saturday and Sunday, with eight lush landscapes open to the public.
Some of the usually private backyards have been professionally designed on sprawling acreages over two decades, while others are the recent labours of talented amateur gardeners working within a large urban block.
The gardens have a range of influences and feature orchards, bonsais, sculpted hedges, rose beds and vegetable plots.
Cathie Owen, a member of the event’s committee, said the small town had the perfect climate for a range of beautiful plants to blossom.
‘‘Some people love growing natives and the waratahs around Robertson railway station are a sight to behold,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s a lovely spot to have cool climate plants, and things like azaleas and rhododendrons and lily of the valley are at their peak.
‘‘The gardens have a lovely calming effect and one thing I’ve noticed is often friends join up and have a lovely chat as they wander through them.
‘‘People love being able to look at other people’s handiwork.’’
Entry tickets are available at each garden as well as at the Community Technology Centre, opposite Murray Tractor Importers on the main road.
Tickets are $5 per garden, or a pass to all eight gardens can be purchased for $20 or $15 for concession card holders and is valid for both days.
The gardens will be open from 9.30am to 4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday, with potted plants for sale at the Community Technology Centre.