John and Helen Crocker.
John and Helen Crocker. Mike Richards

Tranquil garden fulfils potential with ferns and palms

HELEN and John Crocker's garden was a team effort.

Together they created a tranquil area filled with vibrant ferns and palms.

Their now beautiful and tropical garden was once run-down.

"I bought this property because I thought it had potential to be a lovely garden area," Mrs Crocker said.

She attributed its ambience to the help of friend and Benaraby Junction Nursery owner Judy Turner.

"It's the nicest garden we've created," she said.

"The garden is about friendship, working together, balance and harmony."

She said more people should maintain their gardens.

"Gladstone has a lovely climate for gardening," she said.

Mrs and Mr Crocker water their ferns daily and the whole garden once a week.

"Gardens don't have to be big and flash. It's about nurturing," Mrs Crocker said.

"When you nurture your garden, you nurture yourself."