Botanic garden officially open

TLC Healthcare chief executive Lou Pascuzzi, and long-term resident Barbara Dodds open the new botanic garden at Wallington. (supplied)

TLC Healthcare officially opened Homestead Estate’s botanical garden at its Wallington healthcare precinct recently.

The garden was initiated by a former resident and driven by chief executive Lou Pascuzzi.

It honours TLC’s founders, Dr Richard John Leaper OAM and Mrs Jenny Duggan Leaper OAM, for their outstanding dedication, distinguished service and commitment to the Australian aged care sector.

TLC’s Wellbeing team personally delivered printed invites to the residents. This created buzz and excitement amongst residents as they began organising outfits and sharing the garden party plans with their friends and families in the event lead-up.

Residents and guests enjoyed a selection of delicious ribbon sandwiches and tasty fish and chips, refreshing cold drinks and an ice-cold gelato in their favourite flavours.

Entertainment was provided by a group of exceptionally talented Kardinia International College students who performed as a string quartet in the central garden area, along with a solo pianist on the grand piano.

Mr Pascuzzi, along with long-term resident Barbara Dodds, proudly shared the ribbon cutting and unveiled the commemorative plaque to officially announce the new space as open.

“I want to thank the residents, who really drove this initiative and landscape architects Brocor, who brought their vision to life,” Mr Pascuzzi said.