Southern River: Amanda’s Garden opens doors for weekend fete fundraiser

Amanda Young's parents Lorraine and Barry Young will hold a fete at Amanda's Garden in Southern River. Photo: Jon Hewson. d487176 communitypix.com.au
Amanda Young's parents Lorraine and Barry Young will hold a fete at Amanda's Garden in Southern River. Photo: Jon Hewson. d487176 communitypix.com.au

A MEMORIAL garden dedicated to a local teenager who died from meningococcal will open its doors to the public for a two day fete.

Amanda Young was just 18 when she contracted meningococcal after a 1997 rowing regatta in Penrith and passed away shortly after.

Her parents Barry and Lorraine Young started the Amanda Young Foundation in her honour, with Amanda’s Garden established in 1998.

Mr Young said the annual Amanda’s Garden Fete began in 2000 as a major fundraiser for the foundation.

As well as visitors being able to relax in and enjoy the garden, the fete will also include a range of plants and seedlings for sale, jams, sauces and fresh honey from the hives on site, stalls, food and drink and music from the Gosnells Men’s Shed on Sunday.

“It is a large unique garden spread amongst the native paperbarks with an array of colourful plants, trees and shrubs,” Mr said.

“It has many water features and several hundred roses, with the highlight being the mass display of Amanda Roses which will be stunning after the wet winter.

“We get a lot of satisfaction from the fete as it brings the community together and it is very satisfying to see people sitting on the many garden benches and relaxing in the tranquil setting.”

Amanda’s Garden Fete will be held on the corner of Margaret Street and Matison Street, Southern River from 10am to 4.30pm on October 27 and 28.

Entry is $5 for adults and free for children.

Visit www.amandayoungfoundation.org.au for more information.