SENIORS VISITS TO MEMBERS' GARDENS
Bathurst Gardeners’ Club members have taken on a new goal. The idea came from President Karen Granger who is eager to get members more involved in the community. One way of doing this was to invite aged care residents to visit members’ gardens. So far residents from Cheriton and the Seymour Centre have been involved.
Old Government Cottage
Our current community project is the restoration of the garden at Old Government Cottage in Stanley Street, Bathurst. The project started in early 2013 with Bathurst Gardeners’ Club constructing and researching an historical 1850’s style kitchen garden and plants of that era. Bathurst District Historical Society has provided the majority of the funds for the project.
The garden has several sections – picking garden, fruit trees, herb garden, vegetable garden and berries.
The garden was opened on the 29th of March 2015 and is a bi-centenary project. The garden will also be included in the Bathurst Spring Spectacular gardens during the weekend of 31st October/1st November 2015.
The garden received an award at the recent Bathurst Bicentenary National Trust Heritage Awards for Outstanding Community Contribution to Local Heritage.
Official opening of the garden at Old Government Cottage on Sunday, 29th of March 2015.
Daffodil Cottage is an oncology/palliative care and treatment facility in the grounds of Bathurst Base Hospital. This facility, originally built by the Bathurst community, provides treatment, advice and referrals to cancer patients from the Central West of NSW. Members regularly maintain the garden around Daffodil Cottage and having been doing so for several years.
The garden at Bathurst Independent Living Skills was a former community project. A beautiful and inviting space was created by members of Bathurst Gardeners’ Club and other community groups and students.
For the club’s involvement in community projects it has twice been awarded The Eleanor McLeod Award from Garden Clubs of Australia “For Outstanding Service by an Affiliated Club to the Community”.