Mercury (Hobart) - Magazine - - Up Front -

I am hap­pi­est when … I am in my gar­den pick­ing flow­ers. You wouldn’t know it but … I came close to train­ing as a nurse. My most em­bar­rass­ing mo­ment … is not recog­nis­ing peo­ple I know well or for­get­ting their names as I am about to in­tro­duce them. When I was ed­i­tor of Burke’s Back­yard mag­a­zine, I once called Don Burke “Dad” by mis­take. The last time I cried was … prob­a­bly yes­ter­day. I cry of­ten, es­pe­cially when some­one is kind or while read­ing a book. The last book I read was … Ge­or­giana Mol­loy: The Mind That Shines, by Ber­nice Barry. It’s a fas­ci­nat­ing biog­ra­phy of the plant col­lec­tor and botanist, who lived in West­ern Aus­tralia in the early 19th cen­tury. My favourite film is … Shrek. I re­ally want to … climb Mt Roland. I look at it ev­ery day. My guilty plea­sure is … ly­ing on the sofa in our con­ser­va­tory, read­ing a book and look­ing out at the gar­den. Life has taught me … there’s al­ways a so­lu­tion and it’s good to have a plan B. I’m about to … lead a tour to the gar­dens of Ja­pan with Re­nais­sance Tours.

TasWeek­end colum­nist Jen­nifer Stackhouse is ap­pear­ing at the Bloom­ing Tas­ma­nia Flower & Gar­den Fes­ti­val. She will be one of the gar­den­ing ex­perts man­ning the Q&A stand. You can also catch her talks on “Recipes for suc­cess” from 10.45-11.45am to­day and “Gar­den­ing to make the world a bet­ter place” from 2-3pm to­mor­row. The fes­ti­val runs 9am-5pm to­day and 9am-4pm to­mor­row at Al­bert Hall in Launce­s­ton. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit bloom­ing­tas­ma­

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