Remembering Amanda with an open garden day

Remembering Amanda with an open garden day

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Barry and Lorraine Young at Amanda's Garden. Photograph — Aaron Van Rongen.

A mass display of Amanda roses, water features including a Monet bridge and a colourful array of cottage garden plants will be filling this year’s Amanda’s Garden Fete as it celebrates the garden’s 21st year.

Amanda Young Foundation founder Barry Young remembered his first garden opening in March 1998 to be very small with only a few pots to sell following his 18-year-old daughter Amanda’s sudden death from meningococcal septicaemia.

“It has been a rewarding experience to see the garden mature and expand over time,” he said.

“We are extremely grateful for all the help that we receive from our dedicated band of garden volunteers who turn up every Tuesday.

“We like our visitors to soak up the peaceful environment, smell the roses, appreciate the vibrant colours, sit down and relax on the garden benches and listen to the native birds and music.”

The Garden Fete is a major fundraiser for the Amanda Young Foundation which allows the not-for-profit to spread information and share an educational program towards meningococcal awareness.

Mr Young and his wife Lorraine are expecting about 2000 people to attend the fete which will also have art and craft stalls, music from Gosnells Men’s Shed members and seedlings and plants available for sale.

The garden is located at the junction of Margaret and Matison streets in Southern River, is wheelchair friendly and will be open the weekend of October 26 and 27.