Amanda Young Foundation Garden

Episode: 10
Title: Amanda Young Foundation Garden
Broadcast: Sunday Jan 15 2017
Presenter: Faye Arcaro

Today Faye visits a very special Garden, which was established to raise the awareness and education of Meningococcal Septicemia. She discusses the benefits of gardening as a healing process and how the founders keep the garden thriving.

  • After losing their only daughter Amanda to Meningococcal Septicemia Barry and Lorain Young have found solace in building a beautiful garden in memory of Amanda, and to raise awareness of the disease.
  • Once a barren paddock, Barry and Lorain have converted the space into a thriving microclimate where sun-sensitive plants are grown in shade.
  • The tree canopy reduces evaporation and has a cooling effect of up to 10 degrees cooler in the shade.
  • The garden is alive with wildlife and Barry states no chemical pesticides are used.
  • Hot winds are cooled over the garden ponds, which further reduces the need for irrigation making this garden water-wise.
  • When Amanda passed away, Barry and Lorain were approached to start a foundation aiming to raise awareness of the disease. Since then, Barry and Lorain have aided with research and also supported survivors of Meningococcal Septicemia.

The Amanda Young Foundation
P: (08) 9227 4237

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