Katandra Garden Open Day


THE Ware family is opening up their property “Katandra” at 4 Set- tlement Road, Cowes on Sunday, November 3, from 10 am to 4 pm, with all the proceeds being donated to the Phillip Island project, “Grow- ing Cambodia Inc.”The purpose of this project is pro- vide free English lessons for rural Cambodian children, giving them a chance to take control of their fu- ture and to break the poverty cycle.The aim is to raise funds to con- tribute to the on-going costs of new- ly established non-government Eng- lish teaching schools in the Siem Reap province – at Dom Dek Village and Kok Beng Village.

The two and half acres of Katan- dra gardens have many landscape features to enjoy. From the cottage garden beds to native plantings around the lake that is abundant with wildlife.
Water features including small creeks and waterfalls run around the property. There are many sculptures and farm implements scattered through- out, as well as free range chickens, ducks and guinea fowl. Two large aviaries have a vari- ety of parrots and four varieties of pheasants to view.

This garden has previously fea- tured in the ABC Open Garden Cal- endar. Devonshire Teas will be available and a liquor license will allow the sale of wine and beer to enjoy, if you want to just sit and relax. Matt Ware will have some of his laser cut steel works on display and will be working on a new piece. Leslie Gilbert will working with clay in the Open Studio, and local artist Peta Le-Roy will be exhibiting her latest works and painting, also in the Studio.

Jack Montgomery who is starting out on his entertainment journey will perform music throughout the afternoon, and later in the day, the journey man himself, Allan Bed- dows – whose band opened for the Rolling Stones and The Who in 1967, will be performing. He has performed with many greats such as Canned Heat, Bo Did- dley, Graham Strachn, Men at Work, John Farnham and many more. The garden opens at 10 am and admission is $7.

  • The children are just delightful and it was a pleasure to work with such dedicated staff. This trip has been busy but very rewarding….. I am learning so much more about this incredible country and all its difficulties. I can see why so many people are so passionate about Cambodia.

    -Anne, Volunteer 2016
  • Not only do they help this new young generation learn English, which is the goal, but there are so many who are benefactors of the generosity of this group, that I am so glad I found. If you ever wonder in your life if one person can make a difference , you now know that they can. 

    -Glenda, Volunteer 2016
  • This was the most rewarding experience I have ever had as a student teacher

    -Abbie, Volunteer 2013
  • I would recommend volunteering to anyone and everyone, particularly those who love kids, enjoy a challenge and hope for a holiday that they’ll never forget

    -Jasmine, Volunteer 2012
  • Although volunteering is a giving thing I came away from the whole experience with a sense that I had certainly gained more than I had given

    -Julie, Volunteer 2014