What is happening in this old garden?

Margaret Perrin volunteers in the Riversdale garden.
Margaret Perrin volunteers in the Riversdale garden.

December 5 was the International Day of Volunteers, and what better way to acknowledge it than by asking what a volunteer is doing on a typical day. 

Margaret Perrin regularly travels from Burrawang to the gardens of historic house Riversdale, in Goulburn, to help out in the vegetable garden on the property which dates back to 1840.

Mrs Perrin has a green thumb from way back, having tried her hand at gardening in the ACT and the Highlands. 

“A good vegetable garden is my passion,” Mrs Perrin said. 

“We have had more success here with some plants rather than others. The hardest thing is the climate and the periodic watering the garden receives.

Her husband has a family connection with Riversdale: his great-great-grandfather’s sister was Emily Twynam (nee Bolton). The Twynams lived there from 1872 to 1967. “It’s nice to think a relative a few generations back was pottering around the same garden,” she said.

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