By Breanna Inferrera
A GARDEN and artist lover’s paradise is coming back to Maida Vale this weekend for a good cause.
Local gardener and artist Tom Hogg’s annual Romancing the Stone open garden and art show will take place from 10am to 4.30pm on Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4 at 3 Lilian Road.
Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Amanda Young Foundation, which was established in 1998 by Barry and Lorraine Young following the death of their daughter Amanda in 1997 from meningococcal disease.
Mr Hogg said over the past 17 years, he has raised around $200,000 for the foundation.
This year, visitors can expect a new attraction – the hobbit village – along with old favourites including a tranquil, hillside fairy tale garden, waterfalls, fishpond, bridges, sculptures, herb circle, gazebo, amphitheatre, grotto and bubbling creek.
“I had a secret garden in the back corner and I never got around to doing anything,” Mr Hogg said.
“But I made the effort this year.
“Many of the people who come are in their mid-40s and were brought up with The Lord of the Rings.
“Instead of having this ordinary boundary fence, I decided to create 12 little hobbit cottages.”
Mr Hogg said he has also crafted a large white sculpture of his hand, called ‘Tom’s hand of labour’.
“I’m 81 I’m not going to live forever,” he said.
“I’ve put a lot of work into the garden and it’s a landmark in the area.
“It’s been enjoyed by the community and I want it to carry on through this sculpture.”
Adult entry to the show is $6 and there will be jams, pickles, preserves, plants and other home-made goodies for sale.
For more information call 9454 4298.