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From barren yard to award winning garden

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October 01, 2017

Deniliquin Tidy Towns member Mary Roberts, Francie and Tony Cullenward and Janis Knipe from Deniliquin Mitre 10.

When Francie and Tony Cullenward moved to Deniliquin in 2003, their Wick St home’s yard was mostly barren.

Consisting only of flax and one small tree, the avid gardeners soon got to work creating the picturesque environment which has been awarded the September Tidy Towns garden of the month award.

Having previously used only creek water for their gardens in their former hometown, Francie said establishing their garden paradise came at a surprise cost.

‘‘I just went out and put the hose on to try and grow some grass, but I did not realise I was using town water,’’ Francie recalled.

‘‘We got a water bill for about $1000, which came as a big shock.

‘‘After that, we decided to replace half the grass with pebbles (to limit the upkeep), and we also put in a bore.’’

The white pebbles add a cottage feel to the Cullenward’s garden, which overlooks the Deniliquin Golf Course.

Roses are heavily featured, as are some hearty green plants.

Some Bradford pear trees stand proudly to the side of the home, which is also bordered by some mature gum trees which also provide some shade on the golf course.

The small plane tree that stood in their yard on their arrival 14 years ago is now matured, and looms over the home.

‘‘We love this home because it feels like we’re in the bush,’’ Tony said.

The Cullenwards were presented with a Tiny Towns award and a certificate for Mitre 10’s Garden Centre, where Francie said most of their plants and inspiration come from.

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