Jenny Walters has always loved gardening, but it wasn't until a friend lent her a book on Edna Walling that Jenny really discovered her passion.
Edna Walling was one of Australia's most influential garden designers. Not only did she champion the planting of native flora, she campaigned for the preservation of the Australian bush, and long before it became fashionable she pioneered the concept of bringing the outside into the home.
When a house opposite Edna's cottage at Buderim, near Noosa, came up for sale Jenny jumped at the chance. Then fate stepped in, and the Walling cottage itself came on the market. Jenny just had to have it, and she has worked hard to restore the rundown cottage and garden to a stunning showpiece. She now operates the cottage as a bed and breakfast for weekend stays to share Edna's vision with the public.
This labour of love has consumed Jenny for the past few years and the results are beautiful. Jenny says there's a strong sense of Edna's spirit in the house, as well as Edna's message to take time to smell the roses.