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Published April 12th 2020
Nature's best provides tranquility
When a friend took me on a drive to Yengarie, near Maryborough Queensland, I had no idea how much the area had developed with modern houses now built upon acreage, front lawns well-kept and gardens surrounding. I had remembered Yengarie from my school days as one of those country outposts that kids had to come in each day, by bus. Yengarie is still considered a rural locality, but one that is gaining popularity by those preferring a country lifestyle.
Yengarie Gallery & Gardens, Near Maryborough (Author's Photo)
That day we were visiting, the Yengarie Gallery & Garden were hosting an open day. Owners Robin and Suzanne, President and member of the Maryborough Garden Club, certainly know how to create a paradise from what was once bare land and not a building in sight. Being artists in their own field - Robin a wood and metal artist and Suzanne a painter with a passion for directing theatre, complement the garden's inventiveness and have crafted a masterpiece, which is appreciated by all who visit.
Meeting us at the driveway was Mr Crab, equally as scary in metal as in the sea with large pincers, just waiting to grab mail from the postie! After parking the car on the ground at the rear of the property, my friend introduced me to Robin and Suzanne, who were more than happy to give us a tour through their oasis of garden designs, which incorporate many unique metal artworks.
No need for a pool out here, Yengarie Gallery and Gardens have their own waterhole, totally dug out by Robin - a mammoth project, yet a beautiful place to relax, unwind with a cuppa or meditate. Vibrant pink lilies cover part of the waterhole and a covered structure has been erected nearby for those quiet moments as the reflection of the trees around, mirrors the tranquillity on the water.
Sculptured Metal Flowers are Home to Succulents (Author's Photo)
Recycling of water is used on the property and nothing is ever thrown out as there is always something to be reused into the creation of a new item. What caught my eye was a garden of metal flowers standing tall against the skyline and home to succulents. This display made me want to race out and take a welding course to perhaps replicate a similar creation, but I really believe Robin's talent far surpasses anything I would have the patience to deliver.
Prior to bringing a removal home onto the site, Robin and Suzanne lived in a small wooden home, which now combines as a guest stay and garden club meeting room. The outside wood of the building came from the old Maryborough Flour Mill, which was built in 1890 for the Maryborough Milling Company. An old-style black telephone is positioned on the wall, also a reminder of time past and certainly a great talking piece.
Guest House with History of Maryborough Within Its Walls (Author's Photo)
The Garden is separated into several themed areas, which can be accomplished when you have a lot of ground. A long arbour took us through the palm section where all varieties of palms could be found. Another roofed structure situated at the end of the palm section was complete with armchairs as décor and had a creative feature of white painted wooden casement windows hanging from above.
We often think of trellises requiring wire, however, Yengarie Gallery and Gardens have acquired another piece of Maryborough's history by using door handles from the renowned Wintergarden Theatre, incidentally where my Dad and Mum both worked in their youth - another talking piece of well-earned history from the city's past.
Door Handles from the Old Wintergarden Theatre Make an Interesting Trellis (Author's Photo)
Although weddings have been put on hold for now, Yengarie Gallery and Gardens have a wooden structure, which in times of wedding ceremonies is covered with a white veil and flowers. The garden's chapel is set up for a total of fifty guests although it is not a reception centre, mainly set up for the ceremony and wedding photographs. A selection of photographs that could be taken on your day can be found on the website.
Strolling through more of the gardens and receiving vital tips from Suzanne on how to grow certain plants, even receiving a small clipping to take home, we came across several themed areas and other interesting sculptures.
The Beach Area Tempts a Play in the Sand (Author's Photo)
There are so many comfy places to sit around the gardens, which are shaded and out of the summer heat and can also be a couple of degrees cooler, that you would never get tired of one place. Small community groups often visit the gardens for meetings and afternoon teas, which they supply. Once arranged, you are welcome to bring a picnic basket or afternoon teas for a small number of guests. Directions from Maryborough can be located on their website.
Options for Committee Meetings or Afternoon Tea with a Friend (Author's Photo)
Yengarie Gallery & Gardens is located at 64 Louden Court, Yengarie. For more information on the gardens or perhaps to join the Maryborough Garden Club, please ring Robin or Suzanne on 0439 882 664 or research their paradise from their website.