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young Ca­role King was pen­ning hits for Aretha Franklin, The Mon­kees, The Shirelles and oth­ers un­til per­sonal heart­breaks prompted her to sing her­self. See award-win­ning g Es­ther Han­naford (pic­tured) d) take on the role of King. Beau­ti­ful: The Ca­role King Mu­si­cal, usi­cal, Syd­ney Lyric Theatre, The Star, PPyr­mont; from to­mor­row, tick­ets $60-$185, syd­ney­lyric.com.au See s spring’s bounty of blooms when the big­gest flower spec­ta­cle (in­set) ret re­turns to en­tice us over the bo bor­der. This year marks 30 years fo for the fes­ti­val, which is fea­tur­ing so some of its favourite flower beds thr through­out its his­tory, from Flo Flower Power to Fruit Salad, Bach Bach-Man to Tetris. Flo­ri­ade,Flo­riad Com­mon­wealth Ave, Parkes, ACT; un­tiun­til Oc­to­ber 15, daily 10am-7pm, free, flo­ri­ade­flo­ri­adeaus­tralia.com Spend an af­ter­noon ac­quaint­ing your­self with this art­fully de­signed g gar­den,, which was a labour of love for artist­stists Margo and Ger­ald Lew­ers when it wass their fam­ily home. Take a tour with her­itager­itage ex­pert Shane Roberts and cu­ra­tor r Dr Shirley Dar­bon and en­joy an af­ter­noon­rnoon pic­nic with live jazz. Take a lit­tle piecee home by way of a fresh cut­ting, or head to the plant sale. Mod­ernism in the Gar­den, Pen­rithen­rith Re­gional Gallery, 86 River Rd, Emu Plains;ains; to­mor­row, 11am-3pm, free, pen­rithre­gion­al­gallery.nal­gallery.org per­for­mance of its sto­ries andnd heart­breaks. Con­vict Foot­prints Quar­an­tined!,ed!, Q Sta­tion, North Head, Manly; Septem­berer 16-17, 23-24, $35$58,$ evevents.tick­et­booth.com.au ThisT cabaret by the he one and only Trevor Ash­ley chron­i­cles hron­i­cles the per­former’s ob­ses­sion ssion with Bar­bra StreisandS and thee many times he’s comec close to be­ing ng graced by her pres­en­cepr through­outout his trav­els. HearHe him bust out with some of her most iconic tracks, joinedned by Bev Kennedy.Kennedy BBar­brab andd MMe, En­sem­ble Theatre,atre, 78 McDougall St, Kir­ri­billi; to­mor­rowrowOc­to­ber 15, tick­ets $46-$49, en­sem­ble.com.au earn how to make the most of your gar­den — from how to grow a herb gar­den on your bal­cony, a veg­gie gar­den in the back­yard or a front gar­den of colour­ful flow­ers. Plus ex­pert tips and tricks and guest pre­sen­ta­tions from Costa Ge­or­giadis, among oth­ers. Syd­ney Gar­den­ing Show, Rose­hill Gar­dens Race­course, James Ruse Dr, Rose­hill; to­day and to­mor­row, 10am-4pm, adult $12, chil­dren free, gar­den­show.com.au

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