Thieves can’t steal open garden magic

A proud pair in Barry Young and Tom Hogg. Picture: Bruce Hunt d426639
A proud pair in Barry Young and Tom Hogg. Picture: Bruce Hunt d426639

On the Sunday of the big event last year, Mr Hogg and Mr Young were transferring the $8000 in admission funds they had raised to a car when it was stolen.

This year, they have tougher security measures in place.

Mr Hogg said his garden was ‘back again and has never looked better’.

‘It is beautiful, colourful and interesting,’ he said.

The port wine magnolias are spreading their scent throughout the garden and the Kathleen Harrop and Cornelia standard roses are showing off their blooms.

The ‘yesterday, today, tomorrow’ is out and the clivias are in flower with an abundance of Flanders poppies and chrysanthemum daisies.

Mr Hogg said the irisene (blood plant) is flourishing throughout the garden.

Its rich burgundy colour gives the garden spectacular contrast.

Hibiscus and buddleias are beginning to flower and the elderberry tree is covered in bloom. The winter creek is running well.

The waterfall is cascading over five fish ponds and under an old English stone bridge that Mr Hogg built himself.

The setting offers special walks around the garden for visitors, he said. 

Open Garden Weekend
WHERE: 3 Lilian Road, Maida Vale
WHEN: Saturday October 4, Sunday October 5
WHAT’S ON: Garden walks and talks at 11am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm
and three artists to exhibit and sell their work with Pam White offering
lessons in painting, along with displays by the Black Cockatoo
Preservation Society, a keyboard, cards, jewellery and jams and
preserves for sale along with devonshire teas, sausages and plants.
ADMISSION: $6. Garden opens at 10am and closes at 4.30pm each
day.