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RiP Shirley Stackhouse

Sydney-based author and gardening personality Shirley Stackhouse has died, aged 92.

Stackhouse was the Sydney Morning Herald’s gardening columnist for more than 30 years, during which time she dispatched gardening advice and illustrated the column with her own pen-and-ink drawings of flowers from her garden. She was the author of many gardening books, including Shirley Stackhouse’s Gardening Year, which was republished in 2008 by Murdoch Books as My Gardening Year. In 2005 she received an Order of Australia for services to gardening.

Murdoch Books wrote in a Facebook post:

‘We are so sad to hear the news of Shirley’s passing. Shirley inspired people to garden and helped them solve their gardening problems for more than 30 years. Many of us developed our own love of gardening through her example and Murdoch Books was lucky to publish her book, My Gardening Year in 2008.’


Category: Obituaries