Maida Vale garden raises funds for meningococcal disease research.

Award-winning gardener Tom Hogg is opening his garden once again to raise money for the Amanda Young Foundation. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au   d444000
Award-winning gardener Tom Hogg is opening his garden once again to raise money for the Amanda Young Foundation. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d444000

AWARD winning garden designer Tom Hogg has been hard at work in his bucolic and prolific garden in Maida Vale.

His small piece of Eden will once again raise money for the Amanda Young Foundation which assists people with meningococcal disease and funds research into the disease.

Amanda, the daughter of Gosnells parents Barry and Lorraine Young, succumbed to meningococcal when she was 18.

She was a student at Murdoch University where she had scored distinctions and high distinctions.

She was also enrolled at UWA.

Throughout her life Amanda excelled in competitive sport and had wanted to pursue her dream of a future in environmental science.

She began her sporting career early, representing the State in calisthenics in 1986.

Mr and Mrs Young said their daughter loved music, learning the flute, organ and recorder and also enjoyed ballet, jazz and tap dancing.

She was also a horse woman competing in one-day events and tetrathalons as well as hacking and carriage driving.

She was an active swimmer, and gymnastics and calisthenics club member.

Amanda attended an inter-varsity rowing regatta in Penrith in October 1997, where she contracted meningococcal disease.

Since then Maida Vale’s best known gardener Tom Hogg has been donating the proceeds from his open garden annually to the Amanda Young Foundation.

Entry is $6, and the garden is at 3 Lilian Road, Maida Vale.

It has fairytale areas, waterfalls, fish ponds, bridges, fountains and herb circles and an amphitheatre and perennial favourites like poppies, daisies and magnolias.

The garden is open from Friday, October 2 to Sunday, October 4 from 10am-4.30pm and due to a robbery in the past, security guards will be in attendance.

Plants can also be purchased on the day.

The garden is wheelchair friendly.