GOOD SCENTS: Maree smelling a native Australian orchid in her garden. PHOTO: LACHLAN THOMPSON
GOOD SCENTS: Maree smelling a native Australian orchid in her garden. PHOTO: LACHLAN THOMPSON

Flourishing for the public

WHEN Maree Saunders arrived at her Waterview Heights home it was just a house on a bare block, no trees, no shrubs and certainly no 15 year-old bromeliads.

But 30 years later Ms Saunders' garden is teeming with life.

A succulent garden out the back, a creek running through the front and a huge collection of tropical plants from palms to orchids and of course Mrs Saunders' favourite bromeliads at the front.

Her home is one of several gardens that will be open to the public in the Jacaranda Open Garden displays.

"When we first arrived from Melbourne it was so hot and there were no trees so those were the first things I planted for some shade," Mrs Saunders said.

And although the very first tree she planted, a Golden Penda never really flourished, a sign Mrs Saunders said of poor soil, many others did.

And today the garden sits under a thick canopy.

"I love the peace, the quiet, the tranquillity and the creativity of gardening," she said.

Mrs Saunders garden will be just one of the gardens on show for Jacaranda Gardens 2013.

And the highlight of her show may prove to be the flower of a 15-year-old bromeliad, which Mrs Saunders said was just about to bud.

Her garden is at Lot 4 Rogans Bridge Rd, Waterview Heights.

All gardens will be open from 9-5pm from Saturday, October 26 to Sunday, November 3.

Open garden locations

101 Milton St, Grafton

321 Bent St, South Grafton

319 Bent St, South Grafton

190 Schaeffer House, Grafton

480 Bent St, South Grafton

17 Edgecombe Ave, Junction Hill

239 Burragan Rd, Coutts Crossing

52 Exchange Dr, Waterview Heights



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