Mandy Stroebel, an Australian Garden History Society member spent her childhood in Africa where she first discovered the delights of gardens and their plants in her grandmother's valley garden in the eastern highlands of Zimbabwe and among the rich flora of Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town, South Africa. Whilst practising as a lawyer in Melbourne, she studied horticulture at Burnley College and associated rural campuses in Victoria. For her final year thesis Mandy researched the fruit and vegetable varieties of the gold rush years and prepared a garden plan for a subsistence garden at Tutes' Cottage in Castlemaine. This garden was laid out in 2002 by members of the AGHS and the Friends of Mt Alexander Diggings (FOMAD) and has been maintained regularly by the two groups since. Read about this in Australian Garden History Vol. 14 No. 1 July 2002. Mandy's children's books Mr Chelsea's Greenhouse and The Fortune Seekers were published by Macmillan in 2003 and 2004 and she contributes to garden and horticulture publications in Australia. For the last ten years she has lived in the Castlemaine district with her husband and two children.
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