PLANTS GALORE: Beth and Lloyd Finlay are looking forward to opening their garden to the public this weekend. Photo Erin Smith / Stanthorpe Border Post
PLANTS GALORE: Beth and Lloyd Finlay are looking forward to opening their garden to the public this weekend. Photo Erin Smith / Stanthorpe Border Post Erin Smith

Finlays’ garden open to public

WITH close to 80 years of gardening experience between them, there is no surprise that Beth and Lloyd Finlay's garden looks the way it does.

Nestled just outside town, in the shadow of Mt Marlay, carefully paved paths twist and wind their way around the Finlays' garden, which features everything from brightly coloured roses to fascinating grasses.

The couple moved from their property out near Texas to Stanthorpe 12 years ago.

And they have spent each of those 12 years working and improving their garden.

Beth said she liked to use a range of different plants and flowers in her garden.

"We have a bit of everything, the grasses are quite nice," she said.

"And there are a number of interesting plants."

And while the drought and water restrictions have made it difficult for the couple to keep their garden looking bright and colourful, they are opening their garden to the public this weekend.

"The weather has cooked it a bit," Lloyd said.

He said he was worried the roses would be burnt to a crisp before they had a chance to open their gates.

The open garden is being held as part of the Australian Open Garden Scheme.

And despite their keen love of gardening it is the first time the couple have held an open garden.

"We are looking forward to it," Beth said.

"It has been so dry and hot, which is a bit of a worry. We just hope there is something left to show people."

Entry to the garden costs just $7 and the Finlays said part of the funds raised would be donated to the Cancer Council.

Morning tea and lunch will be available on both Saturday and Sunday.

The Finlays' garden is not the only one open at the weekend. Grevis-James Garden at Glen Aplin will also be open.

Event details

  • What: Open Garden
  • Where: 15 Lock St, Stanthorpe
  • When: November 22-23, 10am-4.30pm
  • Cost: $7; Under 18s free
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