Gardens open up for visitors


Digging it: Sign-writer Michael Reid has volunteered at Sages Cottage Farm for more than four years. Picture: Supplied

VOLUNTEERS with green fingers can help out at Baxter’s Sages Cottage Farm to keep the gardens in shape for visitors.

The gardens gates are now open to the public and visitors can stroll around and enjoy one of the most beautiful gardens on the Mornington Peninsula.

Disability support provider Wallara Australia welcomes volunteers who want to get involved, even just for a few hours each week, to make a difference to the lives of people with disabilities who are trained to be work ready.

“We have a team of volunteers who look after the gardens, clear the bushland, help with the maintenance of the grounds, look after the animals and get involved in activities with our clients,” Wallara CEO Phil Hayes-Brown said.

Visitors are welcome to leisurely stroll through the 38-acre property, see the animals, visit the historic cottage and outbuildings and enjoy lunch and light snacks at Harvest Cafe where there is also a small gift shop which sells items made by people with different abilities.

Sages Cottage Farm, 85 Sages Road, Baxter is open Monday-Thursday, 10am-2pm.

Volunteer enquiries to Sam Gentry at or by calling 9792 2985.

First published in the Frankston Times – 4 June 2018

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