Situated on the bank of Carapooee Creek is
the loveliest orchard imaginable having been
there for 32 years.
Entering through a wicket
gate in a picket fence the flower garden is
a picture and the odour of roses delicious.
In the orchard the vines
call for special notice, consisting of 2000
vines in full bearing, varieties being -
Gordo Blanco; Muscat Alex; Raisin de Dame;
Black Cluster; White Muscat; Black Muscat;
Black St. Peter; Golden Cluster' Black
Hermitage and Sweet Water.
The list of apple trees
is a long one. Mr Berry has over 60
varieties, two trees yielded 18 cases of
fruit last season.
Pear tree varieties being
Marie Louise; Williams B.C; Vicar of
Winkfield; L'Inconnue and Emperor. Peaches
consist of Rialto; Briggs; Red May; Adams
Early Crawford and Merchant Campbell.
The Cherry trees are loaded and `Minahs' get
loaded pretty often with shot.
Varieties are Early
Purple Guigne; Early Red and Early Black;
Bedfords Prolific; Florence and Biggareau
Apricots are Quillans
Early; Mansfield Seedling; Moor Park; and
The plum trees bear well,
the trees being Black Diamond; Early Orlean;
Ponds Seedling; Golden Drop; Egg Plum; and
Mammoth quince and fig
trees bear well. Paper shell yield
abundantly, likewise mulberries.
The strawberries are
thick while blackberries raspberries and
gooseberries are growing around the fence
The orchard and garden are in ship shape
Potatoes do well, these
are White Rose; Early York; London Market
and St John's Day.
Parsnips are Hollow Crown, Peas Yorkshire
Hero and Stratagem.
Carrots grow well and
consist of Shorthorn; Intermediate and White
Belgian. Onions, celery, lettuce, rhubarb
and parsley all thrive.
Bee farming is also
carried on. The orchard is about 11 acres.
Mr. Berry makes wine -
Hermitage, he finds a ready sale for all his
fruit and vegetables and visits St Arnaud
three times a week in the fruit season.
He relies wholly on his
garden and orchard for any return.
There may be larger
orchards in Kara Kara but not another one to
compete with Mr. Berry for a natty
completeness of style and general all round