Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Coast's Gardens on Show

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Coast's Gardens on Show

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AS Nambour Showgrounds plays host to the Queensland Garden Expo this weekend, it is timely to look back on the region's proud history of gardening and garden event.

In earlier times, most Sunshine Coast residents grew scented flowers and many homes boasted a productive vegetable garden.

Cuttings of prized geraniums or bulbs were exchanged between avid gardeners and seeds were gathered and kept for the next sowing.

Architecture in years gone by featured timber-stumped homes, some with double doors opening onto wide verandas that provided cool shady spots for ferns and other plants.

Garden beds were bordered by rocks or timber edges, some with wire to keep the chooks and other pests away from the flowers or vegetables.

Schoolchildren tended their school gardens in class, as many children still do today.

Many homes had a choko vine growing over the water tank stand.

The choko was often judged to be a vegetable without much flavour but during the Great Depression, when many were out of work, it became a staple diet for many families.

It was dished up in every possible way, as a vegetable, with sweet apple or even made into choko pickles.

Homes surrounded by pretty cottage gardens generally had a mulberry tree close to the house.

A mulberry tree had many uses, apart from its flavoursome, if messy, fruit as it provided plenty of shade.

The precious leaves were also required when it was silk worm season.

Some of the region's leading homes and gardens over the years have been:

Buderim House, which was built in 1913 and bought by the Murphy family in the late 1920s.

Owner Harold Murphy served as a Maroochy Shire councillor from 1932-1936.

The Duke of Gloucester stayed at the house for a weekend in 1934 and enjoyed the picturesque scenery, wildflowers and gardens. …

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