Deconlay on show for Open Gardens Australia

OPEN GARDEN: Donna and Ross Fraser will have their property on show November 16, 17 and 18.
OPEN GARDEN: Donna and Ross Fraser will have their property on show November 16, 17 and 18. Georja Ryan

DECONLAY is one of Warwick's best examples of 19th century Queensland colonial architecture.

The sandstone and brick retaining walls skirted by foliage in varying shades of blue and white sets the scene for a "country garden in town", as owner Donna Fraser described it.

She and her husband Ross will open their property at 68 Locke St on November 16, 17 and 18 for Open Gardens Australia.

Aside from the odd garden party and personal entertaining, the Frasers have not opened up Deconlay to the public before.


The Frasers extended their outdoor entertaining area.
The Frasers extended their outdoor entertaining area.

Mrs Fraser said she was excited to share her property with other garden lovers and though it had been a hard season, was happy the garden had withstood the harsh conditions.


"Weeding, watering and waiting for rain has been the mantra around here," Mrs Fraser said.

Conscious of the Queensland weather, the Frasers designed a garden tolerable to the unpredictable seasons.

"There is nothing precious in this garden," Mrs Fraser said.

"It's all aimed at surviving without a lot of care."

The property was named Deconlay after its longest-term residents, twice mayor of Warwick Bertram DeConlay and his wife Fanny Helen, and has been extensively restored by the Frasers.


See the thriving jacarandas at Deconlay.
See the thriving jacarandas at Deconlay.

The couple received a Centenary of Federation Heritage Award in recognition of their work in restoring verandas and the formal entry via an avenue of olive and ash from the original Locke St gates.


Local sandstone and bricks reclaimed from the demolition of the Warwick CBD buildings feature around the property and add the heritage flavour to Deconlay.

The old stables were transformed into a cottage and a charming 1940s cubby house stands on the eastern side of the property.

Take a stroll through the gorgeous property next weekend and appreciate the modern mixed in with the historic.


Check it out

  • Deconlay will be open 8.30am-4pm on November 16, 17 and 18.
  • Cost is $10. Hillside will also be open on the same time, same days and is at 25 Weewondilla Rd.

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