Ann Ragh from Killarney (left) and Jan McMillan from Mount Marshall at Duanne and Janet Karle’s open garden at the weekend.
Ann Ragh from Killarney (left) and Jan McMillan from Mount Marshall at Duanne and Janet Karle’s open garden at the weekend.

Gardens opened for all to admire

HUGE crowds descended on the Rose City at the weekend to look through three of our horticultural masterpieces.

Scotchman’s Hill, Karma Cottage and Merrilees were the three gardens which were opened to the public under the Australia’s Open Garden Scheme.

More than 1100 people wandered through Glennis and Peter Rodeck’s garden, Scotchman’s Hill, at 92 Canning Street.

“It’s truly amazing ... the crowds were absolutely stunning, most stayed for an hour or more and some stayed all afternoon,” Mrs Rodeck said.

“There were masses of children as well. It really is a children’s garden. There are lots of little things to keep them interested.”

Visitors came from as far as Brisbane, Toowoomba and the Gold Coast and Mrs Rodeck said she even had one French visitor.

Ellen Henricksen from Warwick used to live in Canning Street just up the road from Scotchman’s Hill and said she could remember when parts of the garden were just thick scrub.

“I used to walk down Scotchman’s Hill and across the flat to the creek when I was a child,” she said.

Now the stunning three-acre garden encompasses Scotchman’s Hill, which now has a water feature.

Duanne and Janet Karle had large crowds of more than 300 through their Karma Cottage garden on Saturday, with even more yesterday.

Mr Karle said they had people from as far afield as Ipswich, Dalby, Taroom and Mackay at their garden.



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