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Maryborough invites you to visit open gardens
It is suggested that fifty-two percent of all Australians grow some part of their own food and a lot of these Australians are from the older generation. Possibly that could mean that they have more time in retirement or that their interest stems from their parents. There is also now a greater push for organic crops, becoming self-sufficient and being conscious of the healthy food you eat.
As well as producing food, Australians are proud of their public and private gardens. Your paradise within your block of land can become a haven for those not keen to go out into a busy world, those who are convalescing, or others who have a keen interest into getting their hands deep into the earth for pleasure. Wandering around any garden, watching bees take pollen, feeling the breeze on your face and watching the leaves move or just taking in the beauty your efforts have created is a breathtaking pleasure like no other.
Maryborough Elizabeth Park Rose Garden (Author's Photo)
Maryborough in Queensland is noted for its beautiful gardens in public places as well as in private gardens. Over the weekend of 29th and 30th August 2020, the city is hosting Maryborough Open Gardens. Entry to all gardens will be FREE, however, some may include plant sales, refreshments, demonstrations and fundraising activities.
Due to COVID-19, there will be some restrictions in regard to numbers and social distancing, however, as this year's event is held over two days, there will be plenty of opportunities to see the gardens most important to you. What I like most about visiting other gardens is that I get an opportunity to see what grows well in certain areas, as well as the different styles used, sizes of yards, some quite formal and even some with artistic flair.
While you are out enjoying the gardens, why not take the time to walk or drive around Maryborough's historic trail of grand old buildings while soaking up the beauty of the city, which was once considered as a possible site for the state's capital.
The folk of Maryborough are immensely proud of their city, also being the birthplace of Mary Poppins author, PL Travers. You may like to have your photograph taken by the bronze statue of Mary Poppins outside "The Story Bank", where you can lose yourself in fantasy and fact in the life of this favourite book character. One of my favourite walking tours in the city is the Maryborough Mural Trail, where heaps of amazing murals are painted on the side of buildings in alleyways; it certainly is a must for your list of highlights.
Community Canvas in Maryborough Town Hall (Author's Photo)
Looking for accommodation? There are plenty of places to stay in the Heritage City including motels, hotels and caravan parks. If you are bringing your own motorhome or caravan, free camping is available in the city and at Tiaro just south of Maryborough. To find out more information, please contact Maryborough/Fraser Island Visitor Information Centre on 1800 214 789. The centre will also be able to give you maps and tourist information of interest. Brochures on the Maryborough Open Gardens will be available closer to the date from the Visitors Information Centre.