On a sunny Sunday 20th March 2016 Parnell Heritage hosted a very successful Garden Party at the heritage home of Emmet Hobbs, 5 Bradford Street, Parnell. Over thirty guests enjoyed delicious finger food, wine, iced tea and beautiful music provided by flautist sisters Audrey van Ryn and Hazel Lamb.
Emmet spoke enthusiastically about his garden and his plans for the future. For Emmet the garden is a ‘work in progress’, having started the transformation of his home’s setting a little over two years ago when, assisted by garden designer Zoe Caregiver, who works with Xanthe White, the large task of creating an altogether new enchanting setting for his home was begun. Both Zoe and Xanthe had previously worked together on successful entries in the Chelsea and Singapore garden shows so 5 Bradford Street was a different kind of challenge.
Emmet has created a series of tranquil outdoor spaces for family and friends to enjoy. There are four stylish gardens surrounding the house, each with their own character: at the front a native garden, to one side a chess garden graced with a large chess set, and at the rear a kitchen garden and a special borderless garden.
A sales table offered copies of past and present editions of the popular Parnell Heritage Journal and other publications for purchase.
Emmet and his family were wonderful hosts and this enjoyable event is likely to be repeated in spring.