WHAT: Gardening on the Edge
WHERE: Starts Indoor Activity Centre, adjacent to Maleny High School, Bunya Street, Maleny.
WHEN: June 9-10, 9am to 4pm
COST: Tickets are $6 and include a map to locate the gardens
Magic makeovers in Maleny gardens
For great makeover and gardening ideas that rely on the local weather and rainwater tanks to look fantastic then visit Gardening on the Edge from June 9-10 in the Maleny hinterland on the Sunshine Coast.
This is the third year that the Maleny Gardening Club has run the event that takes its name from the gardens being on the edge of the Blackall Range.
Event spokesperson Margaret Harper said six gardens would be open to the public and each was quite different and relied heavily on rainwater tanks and springs for watering.
"One of the gardens is an expansive cottage garden with a large area of lawn bordered by perennials including salvias and shrubs, and a variety of lovely healthy begonias and a mature orchard of productive fruit trees," Mrs Harper said.
"Another example is a new garden where interesting structures have been built, enhancing the plantings of roses and many shrubs.''
Mrs Harper said a difficult sloping block provided the opportunity to see two contrasting gardens and what could be achieved with clever design and plantings.
She said a two-acre block had been planted with a thousand rainforest trees and 60 red cedars.
Two adjoining gardens shared a common entry, across an expansive lagoon. One leads to a relocated and meticulously renovated Queenslander home. A pathway of standard roses leads to the front door, while terraced beds of perennials, shrubs and roses are found on the other side of the house. Several different hedges are used.
Gardening on the Edge tickets are $6 and include a map to locate the gardens that are open from 9am to 4pm.
Tickets are only available on opening days at the Indoor Activity Centre, adjacent to Maleny High School, Bunya Street, Maleny.
The Centre will also feature a range of stallholders showcasing roses, herbs, natives, camellias, orchids, bromeliads, African violets and the garden club plant stall as well as gourmet foods, produce and craft.
Light refreshments and lunches will be available along with raffles each day and a camellia competition.
For ideas on where to stay and other things to see and do while in Caloundra visit: www.caloundratourism.com.au
, or phone 1800 700 899 for a free copy of the Caloundra Holiday Guide.
Caloundra can be reached an hour's drive north of Brisbane or via air from Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide direct to Brisbane or Sunshine Coast Airports.