GARDEN BLISS: Hans Van Roy loves being in the garden. It makes for a perfect Sunday.
GARDEN BLISS: Hans Van Roy loves being in the garden. It makes for a perfect Sunday. John Mccutcheon

Green thumbs keeps Hans dirty

IT comes as no surprise Hans Van Roy's perfect Sunday involves being out in the garden.

The veteran gardening guru has been involved in horticulture for 45 years and owned Manawee Garden Centre in Buderim for 24 of them.

He said his green thumb stemmed from his parents, who were avid farmers, and evolved from there.

"When I was young I used to pick cherries in the orchid before and after school," Mr Van Roy said.

"I love being outdoors."

The 64-year-old believes Sunday is a family day and there is no better time for parents to teach their kids what to do in the garden.

"Pot some plants, create a nice garden bed and add some colour," Mr Van Roy said.

"It is great to get out in the garden with your kids.

"My two sons have grown up and my youngest son now works with me at the nursery."

He said after "a frustrating day at work, get out in the garden and turn the soil".

"It is an escape - get away from tomorrow's world and relax," he said.

He said his garden at home was a "treasure" and he and his wife of 42 years, Marjorie, still tended to it.

But when Mr Van Roy is not in the garden, you can find him at lawn bowls, which he has played for 20 years.

What's your idea of a perfect Sunday? Contact kristy.muir@ scnews.com.au


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