Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Gardens Should Tell a Story about the Area Planted

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Gardens Should Tell a Story about the Area Planted

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ABOUT NEIL

Weekend Buzz columnist Neil Fisher is from Fisher's Nursery, North Rockhampton.

You can chat with Neil on radio 4RO's gardening hour after the 6am news on Tuesdays.

LIKE many people I was surprised by the comments of the Queensland Dept of Resource Management to just plant trees over the former hospital site.

The Capricorn Coast deserves high-quality gardens as part of a family tourism feature in this location.

So far all that has been achieved by any council on the coast are dried arrangements; you only have to look at the Yeppoon Main Beach, poor quality lawns and little shade and much to offer on a hot day.

I think Stephen Schwarten is correct in proposing a botanic garden as part of Yeppoon Foreshore Development.

It's time to create something unique to this region, not a carbon copy of some other town's tourist attraction.

Use plants that tell a story about Cental Queensland.

There are hundreds of plants native to this region that can be found in gardens around the world.

These days when local councils start major rebeautification projects the garden component usually becomes very generic.

That is, the same species of plants are always selected no matter if it is on the coast or a western town.

So many towns across Queensland have spent millions of dollars on their new developments but only end up with very boring and uninteresting gardens.

A botanic garden as part of Yeppoon Foreshore Development would give the Capricorn Coast community a high-quality garden to match Rockhampton's two nationally recognised botanic gardens and Gracemere's nationally recognised Grevillea Arbor at Anzac Park.

I have always believed every town should try to create gardens that as well as looking good and being easy to maintain, should also leave an everlasting memory to all that visit the town. …

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