This week we look at a Moore Park Beach garden which transforms into a wonderland every December, full of Christmas spirit.
Elisabeth and Ian Bell spend a lot of time in their garden, but never more so than in the lead-up to Christmas.
In early December their garden at 106 Sylvan Drive, Moore Park Beach, transforms into a Christmas wonderland, complete with lights through the magnificent palm trees and gardens, a nativity scene and carols playing.
It was a very different story when they first moved in seven years ago, although one thing hasn’t changed.
The palm trees were the first things that Elisabeth and Ian saw when they moved onto the three quarters of an acre block.
“I spent the first three months pulling weeds out by hand,” Elisabeth said.
The couple had a vision of replicating the garden they had in Eumundi in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, but the sandy soil and dry conditions made them rethink the way they do things.
“My husband Ian has become an expert at mulching and little by little we have built up the soil and tolerance to the dry conditions,” Elisabeth said.
“Coming from Austria, we like the colourful plants of the tropics, which can be difficult to grow.
“We love bromeliads for their incredible flowers. Every one is different and has different needs.
“It’s challenging but satisfying to understand them and what will grow.
“We love hibiscus too but in the current heat they are in survival mode.”
After working in the Moore Park Beach garden all year, the workload has stepped up recently in preparation for their Christmas Lights display.
It is certainly a labour of love for both Elisabeth and Ian.
“By creating the Christmas story we can celebrate with the community,” Elisabeth said.
“Some people aren’t aware than Christmas is more than the silly season.
“It’s lovely to hear people’s comments that they find peace and the true spirit of Christmas when they walk through our garden lit up with lights and see the nativity scene.”
Elisabeth and Ian’s garden at 106 Sylvan Drive, Moore Park Beach, will be open from 6.30pm to 9pm every night until Boxing Day, weather permitting.
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