Colour returns to Brewer Memorial Garden

The colourful Brewer Memorial Garden was removed last year to allow a realignment of the driveways and new paved areas for St Mary’s Court.  Finally this week colour returned to a newly formed Brewer Memorial Garden.

Dr Jacky Bowring has designed the landscaping for the Cathedral precinct and this has included creating an outdoor ‘room’ for the Brewer Memorial Garden, with five corten planters and curved Tōtara hedging.  The curve of the hedge being “an echo of the distinctive circular form of the original Brewer Memorial Garden”.  The hedge runs parallel to the axis of St Mary’s and continues along the Parnell Road frontage. It will be grown to the same height as the Labyrinth hedge. The street side of the hedge has been planted with Star Jasmine, a highly fragrant ground cover.

The 2mx2mx900mm corten planters have been fabricated by Auckland artist David McCracken. Over the coming weeks and months they will rust to a beautiful burnt orange colour.

The plant selections for the planters were designed by Bev McConnell of Ayrlies Garden in Whitford, Auckland. Bev and her wonderful team have been propagating the plants over the last few months, including some unique plants specially for Holy Trinity Cathedral. They arrived early Wednesday morning to do the planting.

Soil is unloaded into the corten planters
4 cubic metres of soil was unloaded into each of the corten planters

Ben and Jac from Ayrlies

Ben and Luke from Ayrlies Garden commence the planting

Bev McConnell with Tony, Ben,

Bev McConnell (on the right) with her planting team – (from left) Tony, Ben, Jaque, Luke, Judy and Anne

An irrigation system has been installed to ensure longevity of all the plantingToday the lawn is being rolled out and next week will see the plaque reinstated to complete the redevelopment of the Brewer Memorial Garden.

The new lawn is unrolled
The new lawn is unrolled

Additional features include new retractable bollards that have been installed to control vehicular traffic, greatly improving the safe use of the area as a pedestrian precinct, and lighting poles which are providing great night time illumination of the carpark, the Cathedral and St Mary’s.

Thank you to all the many people who have worked hard to make St Mary’s Court a very special area for contemplation and much appreciation to Bev for her input and guidance, which she has so consistently given over the years since the wonderful Trinity Garden tours of the 1990s.

On the first Sunday in Advent, 29 November 2015, as part of our 10am Choral Eucharist, we will dedicate the newly formed Brewer Memorial Garden. All welcome!