No half measures

Tom Hogg in his beloved Maida Vale garden.
Tom Hogg in his beloved Maida Vale garden.

In fact, there are probably not too many Hills gardeners who have raised more than $125,000 from their open garden scheme.

However, if you visit Mr Hogg you will understand that he does not do anything in half measures.

After retiring from his newsagency business at the age of 70 ” just four years ago ” he started to create some fine artwork in his garden as well as tend it.

He is also hosting an art exhibition at the Monet Gallery, Guildford, from October 11 to 27.

Mr Hogg’s garden at 3 Lilian Road, Maida Vale, will be open to the public again next weekend.

A creek runs through the property, where Flanders poppies are flowering just in time for Remembrance Day, along with port wine magnolias and their delicious scent, daisies and variegated hibiscus.

There will also be tours of the garden with talks about its development over the years.

The garden has an amphitheatre where tribal style belly dancers will perform on October 5 at 11.30am.

The funds raised at Mr Hogg’s open garden this year will go to the Amanda Young Foundation.