Bloomin’ Burnett beauty
Brahman breeder Robyn Whitaker and her family join forces to transform Burnett Park. Take a stroll through the property’s beautiful blooms on pages 38–39.
IT’S been a Whitaker family affair turning an untidy and overgrown front yard into a beautiful landscaped place where flowers bloom and visitors wonder.
Robyn and Clint Whitaker, along with their twins, Sam and Brianna, breed great brahmans, but the family also has a passion for a rose or a violet.
“The whole family has built the gardens and the designs, and positioning has been of mutual understanding,” Mrs Whitaker said.
“Clint’s contribution has mainly been on the tractor with the ‘all in one bucket’,” she said.
“It is very much a work in progress.
“We have more garden areas to build when we get time.”
Eight years ago the Whitakers bought Burnett Park and started to turn an orchard into a home and a cattle stud.
The Whitakers have an open day once a year and invite people from near and far to inspect the prize bulls they have for sale and also to enjoy their garden.
Whitaker Brahmans is the current holder of the Australian Brahman Breeders Association’s two most prestigious accolades.
The red dam Whitaker Maggie has been the dam of the year for the past three years.
Their resident grey sire, Eureka Creek Marksman, is the current sire of the year.
Not only are the beasts award-winning. One of their 18 gardens holds 50 rose bushes, and includes Mundubbera Show’s rose of the year.
There have been several frosts this year, but Mrs Whitaker said in a few
weeks every flower would be out in bloom.
“This is a family effort, and we all have worked to make it a pleasant place to come,” she said.
“All of our vegetables are grown in our vegie patch, and it is so nice to be able to come down before cooking and get everything fresh.”
The orchid house is also a passion for the family, and they enjoy propagating and growing the softer plants.
Cymbidium orchids and dancing lady are everyone’s favourites, as well as a mystery plant: “Black pansy or black viola – I am not sure, but it is something I have never seen before.”
MADE FOR A WEDDING: Robyn Whitaker shows off her wedding garden, which is just waiting for a bride.
Robyn and Clint have turned an untidy and overgrown area in their front yard into a beautiful landscaped place where flowers bloom and visitors wonder.
The greenhouse is overflowing with plants and orchids.
The averian rose is unsurpassed by any other and has a pungent aroma.
Just wait until spring – there will be more colour and more daisies.
This garden changes as the seasons do. The family plants different plants to change the feel of the gardens.
Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree: This one will not fly away.
The orange rose is stunning against a green background. In a garden with 50 others, it still stands its ground.
Vegies taste best when they come straight from the garden.
Colour is everything in a mixed garden, and these colours are just right.
This debate is on – black pansy or black viola?
Enjoy the beauty of the garden.
There is an endless supply of colour.