Khristina Joy and the Z Chords an enthusiastic and talented group of singers and ukulele players, Douglas Vale Historic Homestead and Vineyard will host a Garden Party with a difference as part of National Gardening Week - October 13-19.
Khristina Joy and the Z Chords an enthusiastic and talented group of singers and ukulele players, Douglas Vale Historic Homestead and Vineyard will host a Garden Party with a difference as part of National Gardening Week - October 13-19. Jim McFerran

Party on in the garden this October

THE Garden Party will feature the launch of a book written and illustrated by Mid North Coast locals Kay Morrison and Liz Kent about another more unusual local.

"The theme for National Gardening Week is Children in Gardens, so with this in mind, my illustrator Liz Kent and myself, decided it would be a perfect opportunity to launch our book as it is set in a beautiful garden and introduces both local native flora and fauna," Kay, organiser of the garden party, explained.

Titled The Prickly Princess and the Pixies, the book is based on a Liz finding a Giant Prickly Stick Insect in her garden and is the first book the duo has published together.

"Set in a beautiful garden, this story tells of a Giant Prickly Stick Insect who finds herself in a new environment," Kay said.

"It is her search for acceptance and belonging that makes this story so poignant and introduces the native flora and fauna found in our area."

She said a colouring competition was being held throughout all the primary schools in the Hastings Region with the winners being presented on the day at Douglas Vale at 12.15pm.

"There will also be a Treasure Hunt which involves gathering clues, leading to the hiding place of the Prickly Princess," according to Kay.

The book will also be available to buy on the day.

The launch will be part of a full day of festivities which will include stalls, displays, tours, food, wine and plenty of entertainment.

"The well known and loved Sing Australia Choir will commence the day with their entertaining melodies," Kay said.

"This Group began with only 12 members in 2002 and has now grown to over one hundred.

"It meets every Monday night and is well known for providing entertainment to nursing homes, retirement villages, social clubs, community and charity events."

Also on the program are the Port Macquarie Bush Poets, Khristina Joy and the Z Chords an enthusiastic and talented group of singers and ukulele players, well-known performer Trevor Knight and Spiral Time featuring the music of Susan Ashton and Tom McIiveen.

Groups will include representatives from PMH Council, The Lost Plot, Mrs York's Garden, Sea Acres Rainforest, Eastport High School, Port Macquarie Library Garden and Douglas Vale.

"There will be a wonderful opportunity here for those keen garden enthusiasts to purchase plants and to learn about how best to grow them," she said.

Douglas Vale Historic Homestead and Vineyard will host a Garden Party on October 19. There is an entertainment program: 9.30am until 2:30pm. Gold coin donation.


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