In celebration of Gympie’s 150th birthday, the Expo is hosting three Open Gardens over the weekend. Sat May 6 2 – 4pm Sun May 7 9 – 11am
Andrew and Lynn Richardson, 2 Beresford Crescent, Gympie
Wander past the authentic old wagon and quirky succulent displays to a backyard oasis. The use of old unwanted relics given new life in a colorful display. Follow the garden path past hidden nooks of rustic old treasures and hear the peaceful sound of the water falling in to the pond.
Henry and Dell Kross, 22 Eaton Rd, Wolvi Winner of Country Section and Overall Champion, 2016
Our country garden holds a mystery feel of what appears as garden rooms to investigate. This property has many tales to tell as we moved here 47 ½ years ago when our son was just 6 months old. So a lot of family abounds our country garden.
Various camellias, vines one being the potato vine set amongst the big trees with birch groves and hedges.
With cattle in our nearby paddocks and chicken breeding pens all enjoy the quiet homely atmosphere.
Marian Sillett, 141 Pine Street, Gympie. Winner of the Town section, 2016
My garden is a mixture of different types. For example, at the front is a formal garden which includes a manicured lawn, a specimen tree, hedges and topiaries. It also contains a fishpond, a water feature and a wrought iron setting. This formality complements the street facing facets of my house.
The western side garden is devoted to cacti and succulents while the eastern side is sheltered by a large tree with a tropical understory.
At the back is a native garden replicating the bush. The main focus here is a running ‘creek’.
This part of the garden is very nostalgic for me as I was raised in the country on a farm and from an early age was interested in the surrounding flora. The wildflowers in particular fascinated me and so my ‘bush’ garden contains many examples of these from my childhood. Part of this ‘bush’ garden includes a frog pond.
Nestled among this ‘bush’ garden is a pocket of tropicana which includes sword palms, gingers, strelitzia, clivia and cordylines. Gardening is my hobby and my passion. I spend a lot of time in my garden and find it both therapeutic and very enjoyable.
JUDGES COMMENTS: AWARDED 1st ‘TOWN’
Manicured formal garden flowed very well into the native garden with running stream. Very elegant.
Special thanks to sponsors Sauers Produce, Katek Fertilisers, Gympie Regional Council