Margaret Finlay is a self-confessed rose addict with over an acre and a half full of beautiful flowers and plants.
Margaret Finlay is a self-confessed rose addict with over an acre and a half full of beautiful flowers and plants. Ella Archibald-Binge

Family open garden to support a good cause

IT ALL began in 1956.

Scott and Margaret Finlay built their family home on working sheep property, just west of Stanthorpe.

"It was quite bare, we started to put in a few plants and the garden just kept growing," Mr Finlay said.

"We only really had a fence to keep some kids in.

A blooming bougainvillea stands as a feature wall.
A blooming bougainvillea stands as a feature wall.

 

"It wasn't until 1967 that we built the tennis court and really began to expand the garden."

For the first and last time the Finlays will open up their garden this weekend in the Open Gardens Australia scheme.

"We've been asked before and we decided to do it to support a charity, but we probably won't do it ever again," Mr Finlay said.

Proceeds from visitors will go to the Kim Walters Choices Program based at Brisbane's Wesley Hospital.

"It's a program close to our heart," Mr Finlay said.

"The program supports women and their families with breast cancer.

"We've unfortunately lost a daughter and daughter-in-law to breast cancer."

The Finlay's garden will be open from 10am - 4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Entry is only $7. The property is located about 50 minutes from Warwick.

Cooinda is home to plants that struggle to grow in colder parts of the Granite Belt.
Cooinda is home to plants that struggle to grow in colder parts of the Granite Belt.

 

Cooinda

 Where: 1973 Inverary Rd, Stanthorpe

 Features: Jacarandas, magnolias, Chinese tallows, native frangipani, crepe myrtle, eucalyptus, Moreton Bay figs, wisteria, azaleas, roses, camellias.

 Extras: Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea



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