Our member and dedicated guide for the Walker Open Days, Hazel King, was recently awarded an OAM for her service to horticulture and to community history.
Over 90 years ago her father came to Australia from England, where he had worked as head gardener on a large estate. He obtained employment, as head gardener, on the historically significant Yaralla Estate, one of the last large nineteenth-century estates remaining in Sydney.
Hazel was born at Yaralla and grew up with that background and just loved it. She later studied horticulture as a mature-aged student and went on to work in retail nurseries, giving tours of estates and teaching her much loved trade.
Hazel is also a member and volunteer with the Berry and District Garden Club and the Berry and District Historical Society.