IF you haven’t marked it in your diary already, October 2 is a great day to head to the Maleny Showground and catch all the colour and interest of the Maleny Garden Club’s Spring Fair.
Open 9am-4pm, the free entry gardening spectacular is our premiere local gardening event.
As well as the garden expo at the showground, this year three open gardens will be showcased.
Priced at just $15 for entry to the gardens as well as the mini-coach trip from the showground to all the gardens and back, it’s a bargain price to see some of the loveliest gardens in the district.
Kent and Wendy Smith are opening their garden in Maleny. It’s a fine example of a town garden and shows what can be done with good planning, a little gardening knowledge and buckets of passion.
Using many locally sourced materials and growing much of the plants themselves, Kent and Wendy have created the perfect peaceful home oasis bursting with colour, form and a haven for wildlife.
Kent is the green thumb and practical constructor, while Wendy’s artistic flair means there is interest wherever you turn.
Wendy is an accomplished acrylic-on-canvas painter and you will be able to view and purchase many of her works on the day.
Kent’s canvas is his landscape and the colours at the moment are very Monet. He’ll have some of his propagated plants for sale on the day.
The garden tour bus leaves every half hour from the showground pavilion.
As well as Kent and Wendy’s town garden, the tour will take you to a large European-style garden with spectacular views and a modern garden with oodles of elegance and native themes, plus it is next to a rainforest reserve meaning wildlife are always part of the scenery.
At the gardens you’ll find local harpists playing for your pleasure and a coffee van will keep your energy levels up.
The garden tours start at 9.30am, with the last half-hourly bus leaving the showground at 2.30pm.
Tickets for the tour can be purchased at the showground pavilion by cash or eftpos.
So, get on down to the Maleny Showground from 9am on Saturday, October 2. It’s going to be a spring fair to remember.
Main image: Wendy and Kent Smith’s garden will be one on the garden tour