Barb and Rex Wickes started with a blank canvas twenty years ago, and carefully built on their vision of a garden formed around a central axis with an extended outdoor living space of sweeping lawns interspersed with garden beds and gravel paths. The plan was to mix subtropical with cool climate plants to create a cottage-style garden. This has resulted in a stunning collection of salvias, old-fashioned roses, perennials, bulbs, fragrant climbers and herbs. A noted feature of the large garden is the grove of tropical birch (Betula nigra) and several swamp cypress (Taxodium distichum). Other deciduous trees such as Chinese tallow tree (Sapium sebiferum) and Nyssa sylvatica add to autumn colour.
A lily-filled dam and dry-stone walls, made with local stone from the Glasshouse Mountains, add further distinction to the garden. The Wickes’ garden, which features many unusual plants, is a source of information for visitors looking to create a subtropical cottage garden.
This opening will be the last opportunity to view the Wickes garden as the owners are planning on selling in the not too distant future. They are looking forward to the challenge of creating another cottage style garden on a smaller scale.
Entry cost is $10 and refreshments will be available. A large selection of cottage garden plants will be for sale and members of The Perennial Poppies Group will be available to chat to visitors. Horticultural identities Jerry Coleby-Williams and Ross McKinnon will be in attendance during the weekend.
The garden has been shown on ABC Gardening Australia in the past and can be viewed on the following site.
|Garden address||8 Roms Court, Buderim 4556|
|Opening||Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th April, 10am-4.30pm|
|Admission||$10 (under 18 free)|
|Further information||Barbara & Rex Wickes
Ph: 5445 6875 Mob: 0414 364 761 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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