Clive Rouse and partner Margaret Worthinton will unveil their stunning native garden to the community on Saturday afternoon by hosting an Open Garden.
Clive Rouse and partner Margaret Worthinton will unveil their stunning native garden to the community on Saturday afternoon by hosting an Open Garden. JEN TYBELL

Come check out a stunning garden

CLIVE Rouse and Margaret Worthington’s garden is unlike any other.

And the best part is you’ll get the chance to see why tomorrow when the couple unveil their stunning 12 acre native garden just north of Calliope in an “open garden”.

From 2pm to 5pm, members of the community are invited to take a look at Clive and Margaret’s award winning garden which earned the title of Best Native Garden and Best Waterwise Garden in The Observer Civic Beautification Committee Garden Awards for 2010.

Located at 8 Talaba Road, about 1.2 kilometres north of the Calliope Crossroads, the garden showcases local native flora in a large bush garden that is integrated with an environmentally aware house.

The garden is something Clive, a retired first class machinist, and Margaret, an artist, have worked on for the past 13 years.

It is a project which started in earnest and has been purely built up over the years from the cuttings, seeds and seedlings the couple has collected and grown.

There are more than 2000 native species spread across the spectacular garden which attracts an abundance of native fauna from birdlife to frogs.

As members of the Society of Growing Australian Native Plants, Clive and Margaret will be on hand to answer any questions or queries.

Local native plants will be on sale at the open garden and tea and coffee will also be served.

It is the first time the couple has opened their garden to the public, an outcome which resulted from many requests from interested gardeners to do so.

“This year a lot of people on the gardens bus tour commented they wanted to see a native garden,” Clive said.

“You could spend a day here and still not see everything.”



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