Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

A Hidden Slice of Parkhurst Paradise; BEST KEPT SECRET: Ross and Carol Mylrea's Phenomenal Botanical Gardens

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

A Hidden Slice of Parkhurst Paradise; BEST KEPT SECRET: Ross and Carol Mylrea's Phenomenal Botanical Gardens

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Byline: Melanie Plane melanie.plane@capnews.com.au

BEHIND the gates of Ross and Carol Mylrea's property on McMillan Avenue in Parkhurst is a slice of botanical paradise - arguably Rockhampton's best kept secret.

For the past 14 years, Ross and Carol have travelled the world collecting seeds, plants and trees as they worked to create an absolutely phenomenal garden.

An now they're ready to show it to the world.

Today, Rockhampton Regional Council is expected to officially grant the gardens botanical gardens status and to allow Ross and Carol to run tours.

"We put plans to the council because want to have it as a proper botanical gardens and we don't want the thought of it being sub divided, that was our main thing," Carol said.

"We've put too much work into it and have collected too many rare trees to have it broken up, that was our biggest worry. It deserves to be a botanical gardens, it's beautiful.

"We don't want to be selfish about it, we want to share. Other people who are into gardening want to see what we have and we love going and visiting other gardens and we love having other gardeners come here.

Carol said she and Ross had travelled far and wide to create the oasis, as well as hiring a full time gardener from France and a propagator. "We went right a cross Cuba and got all the Cuban palms that most people don't have, we've just got a beautiful vine from Darwin that's not even on Google; a big yellow vine that is just the most amazing thing you've ever seen," she said.

"As we come across things we try to get them and we've brought a lot of seeds in and grown a lot of things by seed.

"It's getting very hard to bring plants in now so we tend to bring seeds in, we're patient.

"We have a propagator, a man that used to work at Fitzroy Nurseries who now works for us a couple of days a week.

"We have a full time gardener and Ross and I work, I work nearly full time in the garden."

Carol said the gardens were even benefiting other botanical gardens around the world. …

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