New life for Memorial Garden roses

March 24, 2010

The roses in the Bingara Services Club Memorial Garden have received a boost, thanks to the Bingara Garden Club.

At a recent Garden Club meeting, members agreed to a suggestion by Helen Jack, who is also a member of the RSL Sub Branch, that the Club become involved in the ongoing maintenance of the Memorial Garden.

The rose gardens were established in August 1991, by the late Ivy and Jeff Smith. Mr. and Mrs. Smith were keen gardeners, with many roses in their home garden.

Families purchased roses in memory of family members who had served their country in war. 

After the Smiths passed away, the 156 roses were tended for the Club by George Dunstan and his late wife, Grace.

The Club’s present gardener, Bill Dixon welcomed the offer of assistance, and has worked with the Club members on the project.

Helen Jack, Shirley Witts, Mary Rixon, Jean Robinson and Joan Morris formed the sub-committee to prune and maintain the roses.

Christine Smyth offered mulch from their cattle stud, Jean Robinson’s husband Fred, and Anna Capel also contributed to the effort.

With this welcome boost, the roses should be an absolute picture around Remembrance Day, November 11.