The Amanda Young Foundation will open Amanda’s Memorial Garden for annual fete

Barry and Lorraine Young in the garden. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d426622
Barry and Lorraine Young in the garden. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d426622

AMANDA'S Memorial Garden in Southern River will open for its annual fete on October 25 and 26.

In its tranquil setting of paperbarks, the garden’s highlight is its mass display of Amanda roses, a variety grafted in 1979, the year Amanda Young was born.

The young woman died suddenly at 18 from meningococcal septicaemia, and her parents formed the Amanda Young Foundation to raise awareness of, and support research into, the disease.

Each year, their garden fete shows off their collection of David Austen roses, tea roses, climbers and traditional scented roses, alongside water features, Louisiana irises and innumerable other plant and tree varieties.

Attractions also include a display of works by local artists, sales of plants, cakes, jam and honey, a Paddy’s Market, music and craft stalls.

Devonshire teas and a sausage sizzle will also be available.

The garden is at the corner of Margaret Street and Matison Street, Southern River.

Details at www.amandayoung foundation.org.au.