Gardener's double delight as two properties open up
GARDEN lovers were in their element throughout the weekend as more than 1000 people visited the two Warwick properties participating in this year's Open Gardens Australia.
Deconlay in Locke St, owned by Ross and Donna Fraser, and Hillside on Weewondilla Rd, owned by John Lindenberg, were the talk of the town as people wandered around their beautiful gardens.
Hillside's garden boasts more than 63 types of plants, shrubs and trees, which Mr Lindenberg said have been strategically placed and enhanced by water features and outdoor furnishings to create visual appeal and a sense of total relaxation.
"This is the first year we have opened the gardens and, despite the dicey weather, we have had a great response," he said.
"We have had people come from as far as Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Also a lot of locals that could remember the property from many years ago.
"It has been rewarding to see many of the visitors staying for a couple of hours and enjoying refreshments on the veranda overlooking the gardens."
Mr and Mrs Fraser were also pleased with the large amount of visitors they received. The couple has lovingly worked on their garden for the past 17 years.
Choosing a country garden theme, an enormous elm provides a rich green canopy with perennials such as South African and seaside daisies, lavender and rosemary planted for the harsh winters.
Mrs Fraser said it had been a pleasure to open the garden.
"We are pleased to share our garden with the public as it assists in raising a lot of money for charities Australia wide," she said.
"A portion of our gate-takings will be distributed to our chosen charity - Glengallan Homestead."