2021 Open Garden locations Saturday & Sunday (8 to 4pm)
All open gardens have QR Codes to sign in on visits at the site.
1 Sheargold Garden This large 5-acre garden has been taking shape for more than 30 years, yet it still continues to change and develop. The constants are the magnificent old fig tree that is the heart of the garden and a feeling of peace and tranquillity. The Sheargolds have chosen plants that suit our climate and do not demand too much maintenance. Les’s roses are the exception but having roses for the house and for friends most of the year makes them worth the effort. The main emphasis is on colour and texture as well as a good range of plants to attract birds, bees and butterflies. The pots, bird baths and sculptures provide focal points and are special to us as they are all things that have been made by friends or that we have made ourselves. This is a family and friends garden and the thing that completes it is people, so it gives us great pleasure to share it.”
2 Natures Edge (Over 50’s Resort) Entering the gates at Nature’s Edge Forest Glen, in the foothills of Buderim, the majestic rainforest canopy beside you and beautiful landscaping all around, evoke a sense of ease and relaxation. Extensive landscaping sets the scene for the ‘over 50’s resort style’ living comprising 150+ homes. Stunning coloured blooms burst in the warm sunshine providing a brilliant display throughout the complex providing a kaleidoscope of colour for all to enjoy. Visitors to ‘Nature’s Edge’ will find residents happy to share their gardening skills and how they have cultivated and planned beautiful gardens in a smaller allotment.
3 Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens (featuring the Sculpture Garden). This garden's name and the playful 'Spirit House' sandstone carving at its entrance, are clues that a sculpture or two are likely to be found in this garden but come prepared! There's a whole collection of astonishing artworks, native flora and other delightful surprises in store for you. A short, forested path through towering eucalypts is where the magic begins. Look up for a chance to spot one of the koalas known to visit here from time to time. Follow the fern-lined path. 'Python in Waiting', a stunning work in black stone, may stop you in your tracks but keep going! Just around the corner, the canopy opens to reveal... a hidden garden, beautifully designed to showcase both the 25 sculptures in the collection and a wide range of regional native flora.
4 ‘Atkinson House’ This historic property is among Buderim’s oldest; having been home to early pioneer and fruit grower Tom Atkinson and his family. Although the generous original acreage has been subdivided over time, leaving only a quarter of an acre, the original 1914 farmhouse still remains, and has very recently been renovated by the owners. The garden, with rich volcanic soil that once nurtured crops of sugarcane, pineapples, ginger, potatoes and other small crops is now being re-established, and is a source of much joy for the owners and their young children. This level and private garden is now home to an array of roses, hydrangea, flowering bulbs and a range of perennials and annuals selected for colour and texture; set upon an evergreen conifer backdrop. Structural and sculptural elements provide additional focal points and create a distinct sense of place.
5 Bloomhill Cancer Care Centre This 10-acre block, now the Bloomhill Cancer Care Wellness Centre gardens are a beautiful tranquil oasis on the southern hillside of Buderim. The cancer touched community as well as members of the public are welcomed to enjoy strolling through the gardens. Spot the native wildlife like kangaroos, bird varieties large and small, and even grab a coffee on one of the large decks. Today, the gardens are lovingly maintained by a large group of Volunteers. It’s full of sub-tropical plant species, clumping bamboo, heliconias, gingers, towering eucalyptus, fruit trees, sculptures, memorial bench seats and so much more. Don’t miss the 100mtr long walking deck that snakes around the lower part of the garden. A new sensory garden is also underway and when finished will contain small community vegetable gardens, large murals & more pretty walking tracks. A feast for the senses, and more surprises than we can mention here, await.
6 Milford Lodge This large 2-acre lot Established in 1986, as the first privately owned childcare service on the Sunshine Coast, the beautiful 103-year-old colonial Queenslander “Milford Lodge” is the result of a labour of love. In addition to adapting the original homestead and excavating under the house to increase the size of the living areas, the gardens have constantly evolved over the past 40 years. What was once a pineapple and banana plantation, was the blank canvas awaiting a couple with big dreams. Large landscaping rocks found on the property are a feature of the natural playscape for children, while a large frangipani tree has pride of place in the courtyard. Old mango trees are accompanied by paw-paw, peach, black sapote, custard apples, dragon fruit and tamarillos. Other beautiful mature trees are growing amongst the cottages including leopard, macadamia and Chinese lantern trees. Visitors young and old will delight in the beauty of the secluded, tranquil gardens of Milford Lodge.