Author set to inspire

May 05, 2017

Renowned Australian landscape architect, designer and horticulturist Phillip Johnson will speak about his work recreating habitats at the upcoming Friends of Hospice fundraiser event.

The event, Hospice Tea and Harmony, will be held next week by the fundraising committee of the Goulburn Valley Hospice Care Service.

Friends of Hospice honorary co-ordinator Wendy Cook said one of Mr Johnson’s greatest achievements included representing Australia at the world’s most prestigious horticultural event, The Chelsea International Flower Show, where he won Gold and Best in Show for 2013.

‘‘His book Connected will be for sale at the biennial event,’’ she said.

Mr Johnson was also named as a finalist in the 2010 Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards and is currently working at establishing the first natural pools association in Australia.

‘‘My design philosophy centres on recreating habitat and accommodating changing environmental extremes,’’ he said.

‘‘Nature has enthralled and inspired me since I was a child and I hope my work re-engages people with the power and joy nature brings.’’

The event will also incorporate the launch of Precious Time — a book published by GV Hospice Care Service which reveals the experiences of 11 loyal people who have cared for someone they love or who have received or is receiving palliative care.

‘‘The guest artist is Jan Deane — a well-known vocalist, actress and ABC Goulburn Murray newsreader,’’ Ms Cook said.

‘‘She will be accompanied at the grand piano by Julie Tracy.’’

With an expected 500 guests in attendance, Ms Cook said the highlight of the event would be afternoon tea, served at tables of 10 by hostesses who provide the delicacies.

‘‘Tea and coffee is served in fine-china cups and saucers,’’ she said.

‘‘Those hostesses will be cleaning their silver tea and coffee sets which, in some homes, may not have been used since this event two years ago.’’

Ms Cook said guests are advised to arrive early because car parking will be limited due to roadworks in Welsford St.

The event begins at 1pm on Tuesday, May 9 at Eastbank, 70 Welsford St, Shepparton. For more information phone Wendy Cook on 58318338.

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