Lush Lixouri

Max and Margaret Beyer in their Mediterranean style garden, Lixouri, at Barkers Creek. Photo: Eve Lamb

Lixouri, the beautiful Barkers Creek garden of Max and Margaret Beyer hums with life.
“With the rain we’ve been having the garden is thicker than it’s ever been. It’s been going berserk,” Margaret says.
Normally, she and Max would have been busy right now preparing to open Lixouri as part of the region’s popular biennial Festival of Gardens.
But while the pandemic has put paid to this year’s festival, some of the gardens involved are still hoped to open to the public, in some capacity, at least.
Named after the village of Lixouri on the Greek island of Chephalonia, Max and Margaret’s garden is one of these.
“We’re just forging ahead as if the festival was going ahead,” says Margaret.
Nestled in its Barkers Creek setting, Lixouri is a fine example of an established Mediterranean style garden complete with olive grove.
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Eve Lamb
Journalist and photographer Eve Lamb has a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) degree from Deakin University and a Master of Arts (Professional Writing) from Deakin University. She has worked for many regional newspapers including the Hamilton Spectator and the Warrnambool Standard, and has also worked for metro daily, The Hobart Mercury, and The Sunday Tasmanian. Eve has also contributed to various magazines including Australian Cyclist.