Help keep gardens great

(L-R) Helen Curtain, Kevin O'Sullivan and Barry Roberts at the memorial gardens. (Damjan Janevski) 395814_05

It is time to get your hands dirty and help maintain Hume’s stunning Alister Clark Memorial Rose Garden.

Hume council’s landscape planning leader Helen Curtain said anyone can help.

“Regular tasks include weeding, watering, dividing perennials, planting, mulching, raking, fertilising, pruning and garden bed rejuvenation,” she said.

“We are presently focusing on rejuvenation of the garden beds to improve the soil, water infiltration and maximising growth and flowering of the roses.”

While the gardens are partially managed by council, they also rely heavily on the work of dedicated volunteers.

“If you are thinking of volunteering, come along, wear clothes that they don’t mind getting dirty, boots or solid shoes, sunscreen, gloves if they have them.

“But most important is a love of gardening or a willingness to learn, and to bring something to share for lunch while you get to know the other volunteers.”

The working bees run on the first Saturday of every month, and this time around it is Saturday, April 6 from 10am to 2.30pm.

Gerald Lynch