Homestead estate’s new botanical garden opens in Wallington

June 18, 2024 BY

The drinks station!

TLC Healthcare officially opened Homestead Estate’s Botanical Garden at our Wallington healthcare precinct in April 2024.

This substantial investment in resident amenity was initiated by a former TLC resident and driven by TLC CEO Mr 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 soaking up the sun at the Homestead Estate Garden Party.


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 in the TLC Piano Bar.

KIC String quartet performs.


CEO Lou Pascuzzi, along with long-term resident Barbara Dodds, proudly shared the ribbon cutting and unveiled the commemorative plaque to officially announce the new space’s opening. Mr Pascuzzi said, “I want to thank the residents, who really drove this initiative, and landscape architects Brocor, who brought their vision to life.”

Mr Pascuzzi’s speech was welcomed with cheers and applause. Then, the beautiful garden-inspired cake was cut and shared, ready for guests to enjoy as a final sweet treat.

The Botanical Garden now offers a peaceful and relaxing space in nature for residents, their families and friends to pause, reflect, and enjoy for years to come.

TLC Aged Care – Homestead Estate is set in an idyllic rural location on Bellarine Highway, Wallington, with views to the surrounding countryside.

The Wallington precinct encompasses:

• A 264 place, state-of-the-art residential aged care home offering:

• Spacious private rooms with adjoining ensuites

• Dementia-specific support environment

• Registered nurses on-duty 24-hours a day

• State-of-the-art gymnasium offering tailored fitness programs

• Resident Sports Bar and Piano Bar

• Outdoor entertaining areas including expansive, sunny courtyards, gardens and BBQ facilities

• Hydrotherapy pool

• On-staff physiotherapists, podiatrists and dieticians

• Fully-equipped cafe

• Virtual reality cinema

• Beauty salon

• Co-located community Medical Centre offering GP and allied health services.

TLC’s Wallington healthcare precinct provides residents, their families, friends and the local community with an integrated, co-located approach to health and well-being, making healthcare accessible and deliverable within an integrated, purpose-built environment.

Sue, Resident Liaison at Homestead Estate, is available to host personalised tours for prospective new residents.

She can be contacted on 0498 018632 to discuss any enquiries, and bookings can be made online at tlchomesteadestate.com.au.