Meningococcal awareness: a tragedy turns into a garden

Friday, October 20, 2017 11:33 am
Reading Time: 2 minutes

Barry and Lorraine Young founded the Amanda Young Foundation after their daughter tragically passed away from meningococcal septicaemia at the tender age of 18 — in 1998.

Mike and Colin Barlow from Gardens from Eden spoke with Barry Young who shared the inspirational story of how it all started. Amanda’s Garden Annual Fete is on this weekend (21st & 22nd October) where there will be amazing activities and support the Amanda Young Foundation where all proceeds will go towards Meningococcal Awareness. The garden opens from 10am to 4.30pm both days at the junction of Margaret and Matison Streets, Southern River.

Colin also made a trip to Amanda’s Garden to promote the fete on Home In WA.

Our green fingered listeners have more questions (and comments) for our gardening expert as well:

  • I’ve saved some snake gourd seeds for planting. What are the growing conditions and requirements for successful gourd cultivation?
  • My wife planted some mint in the garden last year. It went every where. I dug it up but it’s still coming up randomly. Any tips how on to get rid of it? It’s like a weed.
  • The best thing about doing gardening at the end of the day is relaxing back with a cold drink. They say 30 mins in the garden equals to 2 hours of therapy and you don’t need lots of money to make a nice garden.
  • I have had lots of lemon and a navel orange plants that have been in pots for a couple of years. Both healthy but no new growth. I want to keep them in pots. What should I do?
  • I also have a very vigorous passion fruit tree. Got it from a friend whose mum grew from cuttings using honey. I think the plant has been growing for over 50 years. How and when can I grow cuttings?
  • I have a large side verge area on a corner block with just mulch. I’m looking for the best low maintenance quick spreading ground cover that also looks nice. Any suggestions?

If you have a similar question to any of the above, have a listen to the podcast of this morning’s gardening show to get some ideas on how to fix them.


Tune in next week as Colin will talk about succulents and how easy they are to care for (to give some of us who kill plants even by looking at them a second chance). And of course, the amazing $75 Richgro prize pack will be given away to another lucky listener who text in their gardening question next week, so don’t miss out!

By Jezamine Chan | Mornings producer

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