Don Burke.
Don Burke.

Don Burke praises rooftop garden

CELEBRITY gardener Don Burke, from Burke’s Backyard, has given a green thumbs up to a rooftop garden which is part of a new over-55s apartment block opposite the Tweed Heads Bowls Club.

The 1300 square metre garden on top of Proda’s Serene Living project has been described as the largest of its kind in Australia, generating interest from champion gardeners and celebrities alike.

Mr Burke said he was “excited to finally see a development where apartment living doesn’t mean compromising your passion for gardening, nature or the outdoors”.

“This innovative and expansive rooftop garden oasis will provide everything an active over-55 could want and much, much more,” he said.

He praised plans for “2000 individual plants including native shrubs and grasses, flowering shade trees and exotic succulents including hibiscus, banksias, birds of paradise, magnolia little gem, blueberry ash and even olive trees”.

“Combine this with the vegetable gardens, peaceful water features and living, growing art installations and you’ve got yourself a gardener’s heaven,” Mr Burke said.

Tweed Shire champion gardeners Dennis and Kathy Parker are among those to have made the decision to move to the Serene Living complex after hearing about the rooftop garden.

“We know a good garden when we see one and this rooftop garden is like nothing we have ever seen before,” Mrs Parker said.



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