IN THE GARDEN: (Front) Fletcher Malone, Annabelle and Molly Burke, (back) Isaac Burke and Georgie Malone.
IN THE GARDEN: (Front) Fletcher Malone, Annabelle and Molly Burke, (back) Isaac Burke and Georgie Malone. Emma Boughen

Incredible garden opened for final time

"PHENOMENAL" was how Warwick garden designer Clint Kenny described The Laurels' last open day on Saturday.

Five years ago Mr Kenny first opened his garden gates to the public and Saturday became the fifth and final time.

"It's been really overwhelming, a lot of mixed emotions, but it's time to move on to the next project," Mr Kenny said.

Mr Kenny moved to Warwick from Brisbane 10 years ago. He is moving on but not leaving town as he admitted he has his eye on a few properties just outside of town.

"I'm looking for more land, for a bigger task. It's exciting," he said.

"I like big trees, and historic homes... just the character about them, they tell a story."

Leading up to Saturday, Mr Kenny said his main concern was keeping the garden in top condition given current conditions and water restrictions.

"It's been very difficult to keep it looking nice but gardeners are a fairly understanding bunch. It's just about using water as carefully as we can," he said.

John, Maureen, Tony, Matilda and Sarah Brand with Rosi Kenny.
John, Maureen, Tony, Matilda and Sarah Brand with Rosi Kenny.

Since the home went on the market last week, Mr Kenny said there had been a "fair bit" of interest but no serious offers at this stage.

"We love sharing The Laurels but the thought of saying goodbye has been hard. Five years ago there was no garden so we're hoping someone else will come along who will look after it. We're looking forward to going on and loving the next one," he said.

More than $2500 was raised from entry fees and donations which will go to national depression initiative - beyondblue, while funds raised from the lunch will go to a family friend whose daughter was diagnosed with cancer.

Amanda, Emma, Riley and Lachlan Pierce.
Amanda, Emma, Riley and Lachlan Pierce.


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