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     Everglades House & Gardens


It is a mixed bag when someone leaves your life and moves on to their next opportunity as iin the case of Scott Pollock, Manager of Everglades House & Gardens. (National Trust Property)

Scott has spent his years at Everglades developing major programs in addition to overseeing the maintenance and development of the gardens for the Houses Trust. A few years back a new welcoming centre was built with Scott’s guidance – it also houses a perfect little gift shop and is easily accessible for visitors.


In 2010, Scott partnered with the Sydney theatre company, Sport for Jove to begin a Shakespeare Festival in Leura. The location is beautiful and just perfect for outdoor theatre and performances have been a smashing success. Theatre lovers bring picnic suppers, wine, blankets and chairs for three weekends in January . . . a great time for friends to gather.

Last week, Scott opened his first solo art exhibition in Katoomba at the Palette Restaurant.  At this event – exhibition and dinner – we discovered not only how talented he is but also that he is cherished and loved by all.


Actor friends from his past, local artists, family friends and the lovely volunteers at Everglades were all in attendance and Scott shed a tear, perhaps two when thanking everyone for coming out in the cold. He was really moved by all the love and affection in the room and we were all saddened to think he will no longer be at Everglades.

While we feel loss and nostalgia to lose Scott – he is headed to Southern Highlands to manage a new National Trust property and we do wish him well in this exciting opportunity.


Finally, if you haven’t dined at this charming restaurant in Katoomba, you must soon. Eclectic and very Sydney-style setting, Palette has a studio-bar upstairs for exhibitions and full dining on the lower level. The menu is great – we dined on salmon and bok choy – all very fresh with very clean flavours and perfect presentation.  Palette is the appropriate name: eh season we will display the works of a feature

The staff went beyond the call of duty – as we were short timed in order to catch a late train, they paid close attention – even packing the most unusual delicious pumpkin dessert for us to devour on the train. We are not a food critic, but we are a foodie and we plan to return often!

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