Ro­manc­ing the stone

Kalamunda Reporter - - Front Page - Sarah Brookes

MAIDA Vale green thumb Tom Hogg is open­ing his award-win­ning gar­den Ro­manc­ing the Stone to the public again this month to raise funds for the Amanda Young Foun­da­tion.

Mr Hogg has been us­ing his gar­den to raise money for a host of char­i­ties over the past 13 years and said the tragedy of Ms Young’s death to meningo­coc­cal spurred him to help fundraise for the cause.

“Amanda was in Year 10 at Pen­rhos Col­lege when she died sud­denly of meningo­coc­cal,” he said.

“She was in the prime of her life and a state cham­pion rower, an ac­com­plished horse rider and an out­stand­ing leader.”

Over the years Mr Hogg has raised $320,000 for char­i­ties and said he was driven to help make the world a bet­ter place.

“It’s a very trou­bled world with so much doom and gloom in the me­dia,” he said.

“We need to help each other in our com­mu­nity and over the years I am grate­ful to have helped many causes, in­clud­ing the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice and the Lit­tle Chil­dren’s Can­cer Fund.”

Mr Hogg’s gar­den has con­tin­ued to ex­pand since he turned the first sod 17 years ago.

“When I first started the gar­den was a jun­gle and I carted away two tonne of rock,” he said.

“But I saw the po­ten­tial that this place could be one of the best gar­dens in WA.

“There’s a lot of ro­mance and rock in the gar­den, so Ro­manc­ing the Stone seemed like a good name.”

And there cer­tainly is ro­mance in the air as it was in his gar­den that Mr Hogg met his part­ner Jan Bruechle.

“Jan came to visit my gar­den two years ago and fell in love with me and the gar­den,” he said.

The gar­den and art show is on Oc­to­ber 6, 7 and 8 at 3 Lil­ian Road.

Gar­dener and de­voted fundraiser Tom Hogg.

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