Gar­den is real won­der­land

Isis Town and Country - - Coast News -

YOU will step into a mag­i­cal world when you visit Heather Mar­shall’s gar­den in Woodgate.

Her tiny cot­tage is nes­tled in the Woodgate Beach Tourist Park sur­rounded by a won­der­land of tiny crea­tures, with na­ture’s own do­na­tion of rocks to guard and pro­tect the gar­den’s lit­tle trea­sures and sur­prises.

Ms Mar­shall will greet you with a rib-crack­ing hug and a cuppa be­fore the guided tour of her gar­den.

As the car­a­van park fills with hol­i­day mak­ers, vis­i­tors are al­ways in­trigued by the new ad­di­tions to her gar­den.

“My gar­den gets a lot of vis­i­tors and the chil­dren are most fas­ci­nated.”

Ms Mar­shall has been in Woodgate since the early 90s and says Woodgate be­comes part of you.

“It’s the best place to be. I have Woodgate in my soul,” Ms Mar­shall said.

With a spring in her step, she is set to cel­e­brate her 90th birth­day later this year.

“I keep my­self busy and ac­tive in the com­mu­nity,” she said.

Ms Mar­shall vol­un­teers her time to many or­gan­i­sa­tions and char­ity events.

The hum­ble lady isn’t much for talk­ing about her­self or her achieve­ments, she rather re­main anony­mous and con­tinue to sup­port her com­mu­nity.

“I get great plea­sure see­ing the faces of the chil­dren when they ven­ture through my gar­den.”

When the school hol­i­days are on Ms Mar­shall is kept on her toes as ex­cited young­sters lis­ten to the sto­ries of her mag­i­cal gar­den.

Ms Mar­shall en­cour­ages any­one vis­it­ing Woodgate to stop by and wan­der through her gar­den.

There is a sur­prise be­hind ev­ery plant, flower and tree.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

MAGIC: Heather Mar­shall will wel­come you with a hug.

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