Garden blooms with patience
GARDENING buffs, possessors of green thumbs and plant aficionados are invited to explore Ros Higgins' garden at Palmers Channel later this month.
The garden will be displayed as part of the Australia's Open Garden Scheme and offers an opportunity for the valley's gardeners to wander amongst a large variety of sub-tropical plants, both common and rare.
Positioned beside the tidal channel and overlooking canefields, Ms Higgins has developed a tropical landscape that she says gives a 'treehouse' feel to the large Queenslander on the property.
Ms Higgins said despite being 'flat out' organising and preparing for the display weekend she was excited to be putting her garden on show.
"The garden is comprised of a huge range of plants, palms are a feature ? Alexandra palms, fish tail palms, bangalows, golden canes, and the exotic grey fan leaf Bismarkia nobilis ? and I have special areas dedicated to unusual and rare plants," Ms Higgins said.
"Most of the plants in the garden have been planted in the 12 and a half years we've been living here and I've tried to choose plants that can survive both floods and drought."
An added drawcard for plant enthusiasts is the fact that Ros Higgins is the garden selector for the scheme on the Far North Coast. This role involves the garden guru travelling the region viewing gardens and inviting the owners to display them.
"I look for gardens that are attractive all year round and whose owner is enthusiastic and knowledgeable," Ms Higgins said.
Money raised from the exhibition of the Palmers Channel garden will be donated to Maclean SES and the Lower Clarence Retirement Village.
nRos's garden can be found at 227 South Bank Rd, Palmers Channel and will be open from 10am to 4.30pm on Saturday, Sunday, January 28-29. Entry is $5 with children under 18 free.