Walcha Pioneer Cottage garden renovation

Max and Ella Goodridge's daughter Bronwyn with Walcha Garden Club president Julie Ireland and Walcha Historical Society member Collie King.

Max and Ella Goodridge's daughter Bronwyn with Walcha Garden Club president Julie Ireland and Walcha Historical Society member Collie King.

Walcha Garden Club held its annual working bee this month at the Walcha Pioneer Cottage. 

Every year during autumn this community organisation for local green thumbs holds a working bee in the garden of a Walcha public institution. Previous recipients have included the Walcha MPS and the Riverview Aged Care Hostel.

This year the gardeners descended on the Walcha Pioneer Cottage Museum to prepare the beds and plant box hedge borders in the Ella Goodridge Memorial Garden.

Ella Goodridge and her husband Max were members of the Pioneer Cottage Museum for many years and Ella, a keen gardener, designed and looked after the front garden for 40 years. 

When Ella passed away, Max donated money to the museum to be used toward the garden’s upkeep and asked that it be made into a memorial to Mrs Goodridge. 

“We invested the money, and anything we need for the garden comes out of that bequest,” said Walcha Historical Society president Kate Hoy.

“We started renovating the garden one year ago when we pulled out the old box hedges, which were all dead,” Mrs Hoy said.

“I can’t put a date on when the work will be finished though as it is all done by volunteers. We are very grateful to the Walcha Garden Club for their help today.”

Walcha Council donated the blue metal for the paths between the beds and a large mound of mulch. However, the Historical Society is still looking for someone to donate some weed mat to lay down on the paths before the gravel paths are put in.

“We would also like some volunteers to help us spread the gravel,” she said.

“Our group is mainly made up of members in their senior years, and the gravel is quite heavy to move.”

The plantings for the centre of the garden beds are yet to be decided.

“We will have to plant something that is easy to care for,” Mrs Hoy said.

“There were roses in some of the beds previously, along with perennials.”

Julie Ireland thanked everyone for coming along to take part in the club’s day.​

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