Don Macdonald is hero to his wife Christine after swerving the car and taking the full force of the head-on collision. 
Photo: Robyne Cuerel / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Don Macdonald is hero to his wife Christine after swerving the car and taking the full force of the head-on collision. Photo: Robyne Cuerel / Fraser Coast Chronicle Robyne Cuerel

Nursery closes after four decades

AFTER 40 years and the input of four generations of the Macdonald clan and spouses, historic Bouganvillia Dell Nursery has closed its retail nursery section.

Nursery owner and horticulturalist Don Macdonald said it was a hard decision to make and that the local economy, sustainability, and health issues related to a car accident in 2014 were core factors in the decision.

The Maryborough Landscaping Supplies section of the nursery was closed earlier this year as a result of Don and his wife and co-owner Christine's injuries in the accident.

"Because of my injuries my will power has slowly turned into won't power!" Don said.

"We like to think that throughout the years we have helped families across the Fraser Coast create gardens and outdoor spaces they can continue to enjoy for many years to come," he said.

Nursery manager Christine said she had enjoyed the years working with Don to support local plant enthusiasts.

"It is a sad time, but I look forward to spending more time spoiling my grandkids and exploring my art," she said.

The remaining retail nursery stock will be sold at auction this month.

On the family farm in Granville, the nursery has been a family-run business fuelled by a love of plants and gardening.

The nursery's entry walkway is covered by a timber arbour abounding in vines with hanging flowers and the multi-coloured leaves of various hanging baskets filled with orchards and ferns.

Visitors stroll past the trickling sounds of water flowing into a pond from the timber water wheel Don built in memory of his mother Hazel Macdonald, who died in 2013.

"Mum was instrumental in growing all of her children's love of plants," Don said.

"She spent many an hour working in the nursery and always enjoyed spending time talking plants and gardening with nursery visitors," he said.

Bouganvillia Dell Nursery has a history of supporting local industry, training and experience for disability workers and horticultural students.

The team has worked with local, state and federal government on projects and has contributed to local regional events.

The nursery's lush green gardens and rustic log cabin have hosted horticultural courses, farmers' markets, tourism buses, local organisations and various events throughout the years.

Don is a Maryborough boy and has lived most of his life on the family farm in Granville where the nursery was established and open to the public in 1976.

Bouganvillia Dell will continue to offer a selection of tube stock plants for delivery via www.bougan

"We appreciate the support we have received from the local community," Don said.

"The auction details will be advertised through local newspapers and via our Facebook page," he said.

"It will be a good opportunity for people to purchase advanced and general nursery stock to enhance their gardens and gazebos."

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