De­light­ing the senses

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­son@cnbtimes.com.au BUYPHOTOSONLINE www.south­bur­nett­times.com.au/pho­tos/buy

A fam­ily af­fair in the gar­den on a Sun­day af­ter­noon. THERE is a place in Mun­dub­bera where ev­ery­one can gar­den and have fun – just like Maren Leng and her fam­ily.

Mun­dub­bera’s Sen­sory Gar­den has been built and re­built by vol­un­teers like Mrs Leng through count­less hours of hard work.

Prue Leng said she spent a lot of time nur­tur­ing the large ar­ray of flow­ers and herbs.

“All the larger plants are now get­ting well es­tab­lished and they would have their roots down deep into the bot­tom of the raised beds,” she said.

“Wa­ter­ing is most im­por­tant around this time of year and I make it my job to come down ev­ery few days and make sure noth­ing is cry­ing out for a drink.”

Ro­tary mem­ber David Leng said the Ro­tary club would con­tinue to sup­port the gar­den project as long as the com­mu­nity wanted it.

“If any mem­ber of the com­mu­nity would like to do­nate money to the gar­den they can do that through Ro­tary,” Mr Leng said.

“On the other hand, if you would like to ben­e­fit from the gar­den, any­one can come and pick some flow­ers for their vase or they can col­lect some herbs and spices for the kitchen.”

An­other vol­un­teer, Dot Ford said she had spent count­less hours in the gar­den.

“It has been a plea­sure to see the gar­den re­cover af­ter the floods,” Mrs Ford said.

“The gar­den beds are bet­ter now than ever and the fra­grances from the flow­ers and herbs are won­der­ful.”

Near the banks of the Bur­nett River in Mun­dub­bera at the Bi­cen­ten­nial Park, the gar­den is pic­ture per­fect with flow­ers and large bunches of herbs.

Mrs Ford said when the project started, the coun­cil work­ers did a great job but there was noth­ing in the beds ex­cept for dirt and rocks.

“Mun­dub­bera Ro­tary sup­plied new soil, gar­den mulch, fer­til­izer and plants

PHO­TOS: NOEL THOMP­SON

GAR­DEN LOVER: Prue Leng is in­tent on pick­ing enough laven­der for her potpourri.

Petu­nias are so beau­ti­ful this time of year.

The honey will be laven­der flavoured.

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