The Margaret Pratt Foundation

2006 Events PDF Print

Open Garden

On 1st October 2006, as part of Australia’s Open Garden Scheme, 650 people visited Miegunyah, one of Melbourne’s premier stately gardens. Special features of this beautiful garden include magnificent mature trees, sweeping lawns, richly planted borders and a bountiful kitchen garden. 

The garden was at its spectacular best on the day and a team of 26 hardworking volunteers greeted visitors, sold raffle tickets and beautiful hand made gifts and jams, and served countless Devonshire Teas. Simon Taylor, the Head Gardener, was on hand to answer questions and spent several hours patiently identifying plants for keen gardeners. Visitors were especially interested in the history of the property and in the measures taken to manage the conservation and use of water in the garden.

Margaret’s unexpected appearance was a great thrill for us all as she had been so recently discharged from hospital. To see her laughing and chatting with visitors reminded us all why we are so committed to the work of the Foundation.

Our thanks to Vivien and Philip Brass whose generosity in opening their garden resulted in more than $5000 being raised for the Foundation.




The Plaza Ballroom was the fabulous venue for our major fundraising event of 2006. WD Rose and Joseph Allison’s Sandra Bishop and her team surpassed even their high standards in the effort they put in to ensuring the success of this wonderful event.

Guests were treated to delicious food and wine in a wonderfully romantic setting. The four parades of glamorous hats showcased by our milliners Shai Tabassi, Sandra Buchanan, Richard Nylon and the MPF Committee’s own JD Mannington were breathtaking.

The phantom racing program was hilarious and the bookmakers suitably suspect!! Tony Rickard’s call of the “Phantom Turnbull Stakes” was an exciting prelude to the Spring Racing Carnival although some of us are still wondering about that fall at the finish Tony!!

Both the silent auction and the major auction gave our ever generous supporters the opportunity to make sure that their credit cards and cheque books were fully functional for the Spring Racing Carnival and at the same time gave our volunteers an exhausting workout.

The “Lucky Alfred Bears”, offering the chance to win a beautiful ring, were hugely popular

and sold very quickly - a cuddly toy has wide appeal - but then so do diamonds and rubies!!

We are thrilled to announce - hot off the press - that the event raised over $31,000 for the Foundation.

Thank you, thank you, thank you is all we can say to our friends at WD Rose and Joseph Allison Funerals - you certainly do “Know What To Do”.

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