hosts Doug and Aileen Clay welcome you to their garden
Until 1993, apart from the larger trees, little of the present garden
existed. After ceasing to run the property as a commercial orchard
in 1990 and selling all but 9 acres of the original 60
acres,we realised we now had time for a previously impossible
pastime. So the garden began to evolve.
With the exception
of the gazebo, we
have managed to do all the work
ourselves, where possible with recycled material. We are indebted
to Betty and the late Reg Unthank
and their family for allowing us to use material from an
old house (believed to have been built around
1870). The incredible old bush poles, the
rough cut timber, the cedar
weather board and hand made bricks have been used extensively
throughout the park.
was no grand plan followed in making the garden; rather it was
like the ripple made when a pebble is thrown
into a pond.
It continued to expand
out over the entire acreage. We have now completed the
major work and, with a bit of luck, we can sit back
and watch it
have shared the work needed to create Karrawingi Park, Doug being
responsible anything made of
timber, plus the construction of the lakes and lagoon.
The creek was also carved out by him. All this was
done in his “spare
he is still working full time. Aileen is responsible for the landscaping,
all work done in rock and stone, the crazy paving, the
murals and the majority of the maintenance.
As you can see it is definitely a team effort and we are pleased
with the overall result.
If you choose
to have your wedding at Karrawingi Park, we are happy to do everything
in our power to make your day a special one.
don't hold receptions at the park, there are many places within
a close proximity that do, details of which we can pass on to
you if required.