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Open Gardens returns for 2018

Bramble Patch's dreamy garden getaway open as part of the Apple and Grape Festival
Bramble Patch's dreamy garden getaway open as part of the Apple and Grape Festival

FOR the third consecutive year Open Gardens will be showing off the beautiful plants and flowers the granite belt has to offer.

Event organiser Shane Dullahide said this years event will offer two new gardens along with reworks of past years favourites.

"There's a really good garden on Tyrel St," he said.

"It's a small garden, it's a very old house, over 120-years-old.

"They've done the house up for a couple of years and the last couple of years they've been doing the garden up.

"It's pretty spectacular for a small compact garden."

Returning favourites include the 5 hectare Braeside homestead, around halfway between Stanthorpe and Warick.

Bamble Patch has many areas to explore
Bamble Patch has many areas to explore

"Two years ago they opened their garden and they were the most popular garden," Mr Dullahide said.

"Now they've completed all the stages and the whole garden is segmented.

"There's rose gardens, scented gardens, a whole lot of avenues, water features, it's a spectacularly big garden."

Mr Dullahide said the open gardens event attracts a unique type of tourist to the Stanthorpe area.

"Because we're a temperate climate, we've got gardens you don't seen anywhere else," he said.

"I knew there was some really lovely gardens around Stanthorpe, so I thought it was a great opportunity to go open up another tourist avenue for the district."

New addition to Open Gardens Tyrel Cottage.
New addition to Open Gardens Tyrel Cottage.

The last open gardens event attracted over 4,000 people.

Around 60 per cent of the people who visited the gardens came outside of the Stanthorpe and Warick districts.

"I think it amazed everybody how well it was received," he said.

"I have volunteers who sit on the gates and greet people and talk to people, and I had most of those people say they'd love to do it again.

"People would rush into the gardens and when they came out of the garden they'd actually changed, they just felt so relaxed."

Bellflowers festival flowers
Bellflowers festival flowers

Tickets are $5 entry per garden at the gate.

The gardens will be open on the following days:

Saturday 24 February from 10am-4pm

Sunday 25 February from 10am-4pm

Wednesday 28 February from 10am-4pm

Thursday 1 March from 10am-4pm

Friday 2 March from 10am-4pm

Saturday 3 March from 10am-4pm

Sunday 4 March from 10am-1pm

Locations

Bellflowers, 129 Ricca Road Ballandean

Braeside Homestead - 28 Crystal Mountain Road, The Glen

Bramble Patch Private Garden - 381 Townsend Road, Glen Aplin

Granite Gardens Cottages And Lake Retreat, 90 Nicholson Rd, Thorndale Via Stanthorpe

Tyrel Cottage, 4 Tyrell Street, Stanthorpe

Stanthorpe Border Post

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