L’Arche Sydney – Gardening Connection in Hunters Hill

Masterclass on cool subtropic gardening at historic Clifton on May 1st, 10:00 am – 12:00.

Garden Designer and Plantsman Peter Nixon will give a 40-minute Keynote Masterclass with 20 minutes of questions. Peter’s keynote presentation will focus on his own Sydney designs and his home/ work garden ‘Sea Changer’ at Forresters Beach, Central Coast. Learn how to make a better garden in the harbourside and coastal Sydney suburbs. Find out more about what cool sub-tropics gardening is and the exciting plants you could be growing that are a fit to our brief winters and long sultry, thunderstorm filled summers to make your garden great again. Learn how to expand your planting into seasonal colour blasts, year-round textural contrasts, low maintenance and next to nil predation. Includes a cool subtropics mini tube plant to try at home. Please note all funds go to L’Arche NSW.

To book your spot, please call Felicity on 0407117868, email at [email protected] or go

to Peter’s website and leave a message indicating your attendance in the comments section



L’Arche Sydney History

L’Arche Sydney grew from a core group of members who built friendships with people with an intellectual disability and their families. In January 1980, the group began meeting for regular picnic outings. A number of those in the first “picnic group” were people who were living at a large institution in Gladesville, Sydney.

In 1983 the group was offered the use of a large house in Burwood, a suburb about 20 minutes west of the Sydney CBD. Five people with a disability, several from Gladesville, and a number of assistants, lived together under the direction of Father Peter Toohey, who was previously the Catholic chaplain at Gladesville.

When a second house was established at Merrylands, in Sydney’s west, four core members with a disability were able to be accommodated and become part of L’Arche Sydney.  When the opportunity arose to open another house in Campsie, close to Burwood, 4 more core members were welcomed, bringing to 11 the number of people with a disability living in the community. Over the years there have sadly been some core members who have passed away and others welcomed bringing our current number of core members to four in Burwood, four in Campsie and three in Merrylands.

L’Arche Sydney, which celebrated it’s 30th anniversary during 2013, has grown to be a vibrant community of friends, supporting and living the life of community together whilst adhering to the charter of L’Arche.