Biggest Morning Tea set to be blossoming affair


Vivienne Etter, Ian Duncan & Mary Easterbrook Picture: Jon Hewson d452090
Vivienne Etter, Ian Duncan & Mary Easterbrook Picture: Jon Hewson d452090

MARY Easterbrook’s Applecross home will transform into a scene from the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show when she hosts her second Cancer Council Biggest Morning Tea on Thursday.

With both the president of the WA Rose Society Vivienne Etter and chief judge of the Orchid Society Ian Duncan presenting on the day, the morning promises to be full of ideas for blossoming home gardeners.

“Anybody that knows me knows that I love flowers and my particular favourites are roses and orchids,” Mrs Easterbrook said.

“Vivienne will be bringing along a lot of roses from her nursery (Swiss Rose Garden) and Ian has some magnificent orchid blooms that he will also have with him on the day.”

Many of the roses on display will also form part of the annual Rose Show at the Guildford Town Hall on the weekend of Mothers’ Day.

A breast cancer survivor, Mrs Easterbrook said she liked to think of the flowers that will adorn her home and garden as commemoration for those that were not as fortunate.

“I was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer in 2011 and was very lucky it was caught early on,” she said.

“I had the operation and started the treatment straight after – it wasn’t the most pleasant experience of my life but I am very blessed to be a survivor.”

Mrs Easterbrook held her first Biggest Morning Tea last year and raised just under $5000 for the Cancer Council.

She said she was aiming to raise at least that same amount this time around.

“Last year I had around 80 people in attendance and I’m hoping for 90 this year,” she said.