A secret garden in Kingaroy
VISITING Lois and Brian Thurecht's yard is like entering a secret garden.
Circular wooden pavers take you from the front gate to the middle of the garden where you find yourself surrounded by small trees, pot plants and hundreds of flower and plant species.
Rows of hedges and trees line the fence, offering privacy from the outside world.
"I'm a bit of a seed gather," Mrs Thurecht said.
"I go around to the garden shops often.
"My friends have gardens and we swap cuttings and seeds and things and my sister-in-law at Gayndah - she's a great one - if she sees anything new or interesting she has to have it - so I've got to outdo her sometimes, be a bit better."
The couple have been living at the property together for about 15 years and it took a good three years to get the garden looking decent.
"When I moved in, it was just a narrow garden with big palm trees and there was this lawn that just didn't do anything," Mrs Thurecht said.
Lois had previously lived on a farm in Nanango and ended up carting half her garden to Mr Thurecht's Kingaroy property.
The two were childhood friends and hadn't crossed paths in 34 years before being reunited in 2000.
"I brought roses, hibiscus and gerberas," she said.
"I had about a carload plus another trailer of big pot plants."
Mr and Mrs Thurecht worked together to grow the garden piece by piece.
"We dug up the beds and put deco down for the walkways," Mrs Thurecht said.
"We put down tree trunks and rocks to line the garden beds but it was pretty hard at first.
"Because of the big trees next door, the soil here is very deprived of sunlight, but we kept on mulching and it broke down."
The Thurecht's both believe the secret to a thriving garden is mulch and manure.
"It makes the worms happy," Mrs Thurecht said.
"If the worms are happy, your garden's happy."
Mr Thurecht produces his own mulch from the new growth from the year before.
"The mulch helps the soil - otherwise it goes hard like bricks," he said.
The Thurecht's like to get out in the garden at least once - sometime twice - a day.
And when they're not gardening, they like to travel around Australia, play golf or sew.
"It keeps us out of trouble," Mr Thurecht said.