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GARDEN GEM: Gladys Gear, of Opal St, Southside, put hours into her garden to win the top gong.
GARDEN GEM: Gladys Gear, of Opal St, Southside, put hours into her garden to win the top gong. Renee Pilcher

WINNER of Gympie's Best Garden, Gladys Gear, invites you to see what all the fuss is about on the weekend when she opens her garden up to the public.

The competition was run as part of the Gympie Garden Expo which is on this weekend at The Pavilion.

Gladys and her partner in life and gardening, Brian Herron, have developed their property at Opal St on Gympie's Southside from a bare block to a secret garden filled with delightful surprises around every corner.

A garden path leads guests on a tour through the winning garden, which comes out at one of the best kept vegetable patches in town.

Gladys and Brian have loved the job of planting and maintaining their garden and have planned it so it will get easier as they get older.

If you think the front yard is great, just wait till you see the back yard. A cashmere conifer tree is a special feature visitors will not miss.

This year is the first time the couple has entered the garden competition, sponsored by The Gympie Times.

They were encouraged by organisers of the Gympie Garden Expo through Gladys' dealings with bonsai expert, Faye Dobson.

Now the garden in the house yard is complete, Gladys has turned her attention to growing bonsai plants and her greenhouse attached to the patio is full of them.

Brian is proudly in charge of the landscaping and has built a sandstone retaining wall around the side of the house where numerous plants take pride of place.

Judges were not exactly looking for a picture-perfect garden, but one that was also sustainable and water-wise.

Competition organisers encourage Gympie residents with interesting gardens to enter next year to help celebrate all that is beautiful in this town.

Winning gardens are open for public viewing on the weekend between 2-5pm.

Get directions to properties at the Gympie Garden Expo at The Pavilion. They will be open on Saturday 8am-5pm and Sunday 8am-3pm.

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