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"Coatesfield an Open Garden"

Judy Breen

IT’S hard to believe that the view from Coatesfield could be any more stunning.  But with hours of hard work and planning Joyce and Brian Butterfield have managed the seemingly impossible.  The 1.25 acre property at 26 Nadi Lane is breathtakingly beautiful.  The views from the back extend from Noosa to Caloundra.  But the tranquil cottage country garden is the place to be, to fully appreciate it.  The good news is that everyone now has a chance to enjoy it, thanks to the generosity of Joyce and Brian.

  Their garden is part of the Open Garden Scheme and is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday October 21 and 22 from 10am to 4.30pm.  Make sure you put aside a couple of hours to fully explore all the interesting areas of Coatesfield.

Flower-covered arches lead to expanses of lawn and quiet seating nooks.  You will find a children’s garden full of quirky little gnomes, a vegetable and herb garden complete with scarecrow, a newly developed Tuscan garden, and Brian’s pride and joy – the summerhouse he built himself.  There are annuals, perennials, roses, sasanqua and japonica camellias as well as some native shrubs.  The bush walk is cool and colourful with underplanting of clivias, ferns, crowsnest, hydrangeas and many other shade loving plants.

Take time to sit and watch the goldfish and gaze out over the manicured lawns.  The kangaroo paw is a gorgeous feature near the pond.

The open day promises to be a big success, with most of the plants doing as they should and coming into flower at the right time.  A local artist will be doing watercolour paintings of the garden on the day.  Kids club will be running a garden stall to raise money to purchase their craft materials.  They have potted many of the plants themselves.  Devonshire morning and afternoon teas, as well as basket lunches will be available for purchase.


Local group, MOPS, will be organising the refreshments.

Proceeds of the day go to the Uniting Church to help furthertheir involvement in community help.

You can be assured that your $5 entry fee will be $5 well spent.

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