Garden girls re-establish cenotaph landscape

GARDEN GIRLS: Volunteer gardeners Sue Ryder, Sally Browning and Marie Lucas-Gear are donating their time and strength to help re-establish the Mt Beauty Cenotaph gardens.

THE giant poplar trees which were such a feature of the Mt Beauty Cenotaph gardens have been removed, as they posed a threat to the drainage and the carpark of the nearby hospital, and the “KVH Garden Girls” are doing more than their bit to help beautify the area again.

The Garden Girls, Sue Ryder, Sally Browning, Marie Lucas-Gear, Pauline Wiffen, Bev McCracken and Rae Dart, came into being to keep the hospital and Kiewa Valley House gardens in order for the benefit of residents and now they are expanding their activities

A line of Lipstick Maples have recently been planted to replace the poplars, and now a hedge of heritage azaleas is being established to divide the gardens from the car park.

Sue Ryder explained that many years ago the State Electricity Commission donated azalea bushes and other exotics to Mt Beauty residents to help get gardens established.

“The Alpine Shire has given us permission to ask for donations of the original azalea bushes, if local gardeners are thinking of getting rid of them,” she said.

“We thought the shrubs would be in keeping with the heritage of the cenotaph and its surrounds”

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