PACKED: More than 1000 people visited the Wivenhoe and Splityard gardens over the weekend.
PACKED: More than 1000 people visited the Wivenhoe and Splityard gardens over the weekend.

Green thumbs flock to gardens

More than 1000 people visited the Somerset region on the weekend to explore two of the state's most impressive gardens.

Open Gardens Australia invited people into the private gardens of Wivenhoe and Splityard both located on Wivenhoe-Somerset Road over Saturday and Sunday.

Owner of the Wivenhoe garden Mary North said the weekend was a resounding success and an opportunity for people to experience the luscious and well-maintained grounds rarely open to the public.

"We were just surprised and very grateful for the support to get over 1000 people over two days, not including those under the age of 18, was great," she said.

"We were grateful to the community, extended community and surrounding regions for all their support."

People from across the country made the trek to the beautiful location coming from Toowoomba, Oakey, Roma, Rockhampton and Adelaide along with a bus load of people travelling from Buderim on the Sunshine Coast.

The prestigious occasion saw more than $6000 raised in gate entry fees which was donated evenly between the Esk Community Choir, Micah (a charity for helping homeless people) and Open Gardens Australia which is a not for profit organisation.

Open Gardens Australia will open another garden in Laidley sometime in 2012.


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