Debbie Kruger’s Walligan garden will be turned into a plant market this weekend.
Debbie Kruger’s Walligan garden will be turned into a plant market this weekend. Alistair Brightman

Bromeliad devotees all line up

DEBBIE Kruger wasn’t alone when she moved from Sydney to the Fraser Coast six years ago.

She was accompanied by two dogs, two cats, two birds and Hans, her Berlin-born husband.

A trailer-load of potted plants was also part of the entourage. But it wasn’t quite enough.

“Not many people are born in Hervey Bay,” she says.

“Most people move to the Bay. But when you move to the Bay you don’t know anybody.

“I had no one to play with.”

To find some friends to play with, she founded the Fraser Coast Bromeliad Society.

Five and a half years later it’s a flourishing group, its 150-strong membership stretching from Brisbane up to Rockhampton.

More than 20 of those members will be parked up in Debbie’s Walligan garden this weekend, with the second staging of her monster bromeliad sale.

Sellers, who must be signed members of the Fraser Coast Bromeliad Society, will come from the Sunshine Coast, Bundaberg, Rockhampton as well as Hervey Bay and Maryborough for the bromeliad bonanza.

One commercial seller will also be there.

She says Hans has all but given away his business commitments this week and taken to answering the phone with “Bromeliad Hotline” – such has been the interest.

A man who happened upon last year’s sale by accident has called to check if it was again booked in for the first weekend of November.

“It’s a very social club. We learn, we get a lot of guest speakers, we’re not very technical.”

There will be thousands of plants on sale from her five-acre property at 376 Honeyeater Drive through Saturday and Sunday.

“Bromeliads are easy-care plants. They don’t need a lot of water and they don’t need care all the time.

“You can go on holidays and not worry about them. They’ll still be there when you come back.

“They love the climate.”



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