Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Tranquil Retreat Beckons

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Tranquil Retreat Beckons

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Byline: Shannon Newley

THE welcoming white picket gate creaks open, leading to a splashing fountain. Around a hidden corner a tree house is nestled in a 100-year-old camphor laurel, then beyond, in the veggie patch, strawberries fall over sides of wheelbarrows and spring onions stand proudly. A well manicured lawn leads down to a chook pen (complete with chicks at various ages), ducks and turkeys.

What sounds like a country retreat is actually a 100-year-old house next to a highway, not far from the centre of Warwick Co and Rose City garden lovers will be able to discover The Laurels for themselves.

Owner Clint Kenny said he opened it to the public last year but hoped past and new visitors would head along and see how much progress could be made in just 12 months.

C[pounds sterling]We only bought the property three years ago,C[yen] he said.

At the time, there were only a few trees, and the continuing transformation left the property almost unrecognisable.

C[pounds sterling]There is a major emphasis on aesthetic sustainability: It has to look nice but there has to have little effect of the environment,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]It reduces our carbon footprint.C[yen]

That passion for sustainability can be seen throughout and certainly in some of the newer additions.

Mr Kenny built wooden structures lining the path, leading to the house and surrounding the lawn.

C[pounds sterling]They are made from recycled timber from when the old Scots PGC junior school was knocked down,C[yen] he said.

It was the same ethos Mr Kenny Co a landscape designer Co used when selecting plants for the garden.

C[pounds sterling]It's just about picking plants which are suited to our extreme environment,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]And it makes the gardening experience much easier.C[yen]

Of all of the twists and turns, plants combinations and structures around The Laurels, Mr Kenny found it hard to choose the patch he liked most. …

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