Hi my name is Kelly Smith l am a licenced property agent, writer, Interior consultant, property styler, living in New Farm.
Published April 21st 2014
On this stunning Easter Weekend, l head for the green lush hills of the mystical Maleny Mountain. Arriving at Mary Cairncross, l alight from my car and breathe in the serenity. With Brisbane and all its folly is now far removed, I ponder as to being so lucky, to live in such close proximity to this 'Ninth Wonder' of the world.
Maleny Botanic Gardens
Just gazing at the Glasshouse Mountains evokes calmness.
If you have read one or two of my previous articles you will sense an overriding pattern; "the eternal seeking of the holy grail of the homemade scone".
It would have to be the most Googled search on my phone! l have just driven to view my favourite house in the universe. l have stopped precariously on the side of the road to photograph the architectural award-winning house as quickly and discretely (yes, sneakily) as possible and alas it is now scone o'clock; Googling best Devonshire Tea for Maleny brings up 'The Maleny Botanic Gardens', and well, l have not as yet visited these gardens and now with a u-turn that gains the full on stare of the cows who have been suspiciously checking me out ... we are off!
As l navigate the entrance to the gardens l assume l may have this place to myself, not so, as l pull into the car park some 50 or so other vehicles seeking scones are joining me.
Looking a little confused and refreshment deprived l have parked right in the line of the approaching Maleny Botanic Gardens owner and creator Frank Shipp. Being ever so gracious and welcoming, he summons me to park in the shade, before l can even finish the sentence that l would love to review the gardens and the "Dev Tea". l was then ushered and gathered for what l can only describe as a whirlwind tour; where l was buggy driven, expedition like all over the acres and acres of gardens which was an unforgettable experience.
All manner of bird life, peacocks, and very large exotic birds are gathered all around me, it is a very Mary Poppinesque, moment and to handle a Macau Parrot was just so incredibly special.
l am introduced to the staff and then guided to a gazebo overlooking the gardens As l await my Devonshire Tea, Frank has arranged for me to join the Aviary tour at 1.30 pm. l enjoy my scone which is exceptionally good, served with lashings of cream and jam, as l look out over the truly magnificent and unique gardens. Happiness is all around me and the children visiting are completely immersed in the experience.
Pablo the dog can come too!
With a fairy garden, Zen Garden, waterfalls and rainforest walks, (you can bring your dog on a leash too!) an exotic bird Aviary and delightful donkeys, miniature horses, goats and llamas, what more could you want! Frank is Dr Dolittle; he has created a paradise of flora and fauna, a place of retreat and breathtaking beauty.
No matter the weather it's always beautiful here, especially with you.
This beautiful piece of paradise hosts, charity events, weddings and garden tour groups. What l would love to see here is opera in the garden and a classical music event; l am sure Frank is probably arranging this as l write! These gardens are being talked about the world over with overseas visitors flying in by helicopter to view.
With such wonder virtually in our backyard, take the short trip to the magical Maleny Botanic Gardens.