Allan and Kay Schultz and Julie Wessely provide the finishing touches to the garden which will be open on March 5 and 6.
Allan and Kay Schultz and Julie Wessely provide the finishing touches to the garden which will be open on March 5 and 6.

Open garden to benefit breast cancer research

By RENLANZONnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au

IT'S amazing what can be achieved with a little determination and some help from friends.

Tannum Sands residents Kay and Allan Schultz were invited to participate in the Open Garden Scheme but decided to withdraw when Kay was struck down by cancer.

With the fight against the disease in full swing the couple decided to pull out of the scheme because of the effort it would take to keep the garden looking its best.

However, when her friends, particularly Julie Wessely, heard of it, they would not have a bar of it.

'Now Julie comes over every week to see what needs to be done to keep the garden in its prime ? between her and Allan they nearly have it to my perfection,' she said jokingly.

Fittingly Mr and Mrs Schultz have decided half of their share of any money raised on the open weekend from 10am to 4.30pm on March 5 and 6 from entry fees would be directed toward breast cancer research.

The Schultz' garden was chosen for the open garden scheme following several wins in the Observer/Civic Beautification Committee Gardening Competition.

Other successes were its placing among the five runners-up in the 2004 Burke's Backyard Competition, and the Drought Busters Garden Competition.

The garden has been described as being in the tropical Balinese style employing green shrubs and bushes, primarily cordylines and bromeliads, accented with water features, timber walkways and statuary.

Mrs Schultz said work on the garden was begun in 1993 shortly after the completion of their home. 'Not a tree or blade of grass was on the allotment when the house was built,' she said.

Mrs Schultz admits that, in building up the garden, 'I'm the teller, and Allan's the do-er''.

Of the funds raised during the weekend, 65 per cent is returned to the open garden to meet costs and for distribution as grants for garden related projects.

The remaining 35 per cent goes to the garden owner or the charity of their choice. The Schultz share will be divided between Queensland Breast Cancer Research and the Civic Beautification Committee.



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