Ev­ery­thing com­ing up roses

Biggen­den could be­come rose cap­i­tal

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Erica Murree

MO­TORISTS pass­ing through Biggen­den have been stop­ping and smelling and pho­tograph­ing the roses in its main street.

Last year fol­low­ing con­cerns from the com­mu­nity the roses were de­te­ri­o­rat­ing, North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil in­vited rose ex­perts, Pam and Ran­dall Bar­ton of Kal­bar along with gar­den­ing gu­rus Tom Wy­att and Jerry Coleby-Wil­liams to come and give an opin­ion.

Gar­den­ing guru Tom Wy­att said the big­gest prob­lem with the roses was they needed “a pro­lific feed­ing pro­gram”.

So, the North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil staff started work fer­til­is­ing the plants and cut them back for a more pro­lific growth.

The end re­sult be­ing a mass of colour in the town’s main street thanks to the ded­i­ca­tion of gar­den­ing staff and vol­un­teers.

Ran­dall and Pam Bar­ton have con­grat­u­lated all the work­ers and helpers for such a grand dis­play for the com­mu­nity.

“This is a job well done,” they said.

The cou­ple are also keen to know when the rose fes­ti­val is go­ing to be held.

After see­ing photographs of this sea­son’s flow­ers, Jerry Coleby-Wil­liams who helped re­plant the first gar­den bed went on his blog prais­ing the ef­forts of those in­volved and high­light­ing his visit to the town.

He also com­mented that he hoped a rose fes­ti­val be­came a re­al­ity.

PHOTO: ERICA MURREE

THEN: Noted gar­dener Jerry Coleby-Wil­liams was there with Biggen­den res­i­dents to plant up a gar­den with new roses. NOW: The roses are bloom­ing and mak­ing a won­der­ful dis­play to be ad­mired by res­i­dents and the trav­el­ling pub­lic.

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