Orchid Grove delights.
Orchid Grove delights. CONTRIBUTED

Open Garden event raises funds for humanitarian aid

VISITORS can discover the hidden delights of Buderim's Orchid Grove at the Open Garden from September 9-11.

Nestled among the gum trees, this award-winning garden at 17 Barkston Ct showcases the exotic colour and rich beauty of one of the most highly coveted and intriguing of all flowering plants - the orchid.

Created with love by owners Chris and Angel O'Dempsey, Orchid Grove shows just what can be done on a fairly standard block of land, with a bit of imagination, passion and hard work.

"We took care to take account of the natural lay of the land, the surrounding native vegetation and the aspect when coming up with a design," Chris said.

"We wanted a walk through our garden to feel like a walk through the bush or a rainforest. There is an amazing array of features in every hidden corner of every pathway.

"Because it's as close as we could get to a natural setting, our orchids have been established in a natural style - on logs, rocks and trees, which shows them off so much better than confining them all to pots."

Other features include an extraordinary 15m aviary - home to endangered Australian finches and other exotic birds, as well as antique farm machinery pieces, which provide a fascinating glimpse into our pioneer history.

Chris and Angel have also constructed a creek and some stunning waterfalls on the property, which create a wonderfully soothing soundtrack when you wander around.

Proceeds from the weekend will contribute funds to Heart Reach Australia: a medical humanitarian aid and children's sponsorship organisation of which Chris is a director. Heart Reach Australia has been working in Vietnam for more than 25 years and in Sri Lanka since the Boxing Day tsunami.

The garden will be open from 9.30am to 4.30pm on the three days. Entry is $7 (under 15s free). For more details, call 0418 246 888 or visit www.heartreach australia.com


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