The Laurels opens its gates for one last time
THE owner of one of Warwick's most spectacular gardens will open the gates to visitors for the last time next weekend.
Clint Kenny's Locke St property The Laurels is a favourite among locals and visitors alike, with previous open garden events enjoying roaring success.
But now it's time for Clint to hang up his secateurs and leave the stunning property in new hands.
"This is the fifth and final time we will have the open garden because we have decided to put it on the market," he said.
The avid gardener and professional landscaper said he was unsure what was next for him and he was exploring his options.
"There are mixed emotions because you put your heart and soul into it and it's hard to leave but hopefully someone will come along who loves it as much as we do," he said.
"I am looking forward to the next stage and the next challenge and hopefully that will be locally," he said.
The Laurels owner said he loved opening his property up to friends and strangers.
"I love gardening but I also didn't want to be the gardener without the garden, and there is no point having it without sharing it and inspiring others," he said.
"I love meeting people and I will be here all weekend answering questions and chatting with people."
Next weekend's event will be the first one Clint has held for charity, with proceeds going to beyondblue.
"They are a worthwhile charity that really helps the rural community, especially with the drought," Clint told the Daily News.
Visitors will be able to purchase plants, local produce and refreshments, and they'll also be able to enjoy a display of horse-drawn vehicles.
"Generally we get a good crowd made up of everything from families looking for a day out to gardening enthusiasts," Clint said.
"We are already getting phone calls from Brisbane and other places and once we had a group of ladies come all the way from Condamine - that was really nice."
Where: 54 Locke St
Date: November 29-30