FOUR years ago, Lizabeth and Jayson Souness bought Wrenwood, a small acreage farm in Bungowannah, with the intention of opening a farm shop, gallery and nursery.
The location was very important with Wrenwood conveniently located a short 10 minute drive from either Albury or Howlong, on the Riverina Highway.
“It is a beautiful spot, with deep loamy soils, consistent rainfall even in drought, and most importantly a strong and supportive farming community,” Lizabeth said.
This was the perfect 30 acres to build their vision – a purpose-built big red barn which houses the gallery space, nursery, farm shop and Lizabeth’s own studio space.
Lizabeth herself is an artist of some repute, having been a finalist in numerous awards including the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, and the Melbourne Art Prize.
At Wrenwood she now looks after 15 artists, proficient in different mediums, and regularly curates exhibitions in the space.
Jayson, a fifth generation farmer originally from Mt Barker, Western Australia, is responsible for the market gardens that provide seasonal produce for the store.
Jayson is an inductee of the Dwellingup Pumpkin Festival Hall of Fame, having taken out the honours in 1996 and 1997 for the biggest pumpkin in Australia.
This talent for horticulture is now evident in the expanding nursery and developing gardens of Ravenswood with future plans for an arboretum.
Jayson also manufactures on site the raised vintage garden tubs, that have proven to be incredibly popular.
They are all bespoke and come in a variety of sizes, and the Sounesses are happy to deliver free of charge locally.
However, it would be a shame to bypass the experience of a visit to Wrenwood, a destination within itself.
Lizabeth confirms “that you could easily spend more than a morning here”.
“There is so much to see,” she said.
“And we offer something for everyone in the shop – from gifts to antiques and vintage ware, from local honey to artisan food, preserves and tea, and then there are books, and currently Jayson’s pumpkins and gourds.”
Wrenwood Farm Shop is open Wednesday to Friday 10am to 4.30pm and Saturday 10am to 3pm.