Alexandra & District Open Gardens
Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th October 2020 * 10am - 4pm * Come ... be inspired!
Alexandra and District Open Gardens is committed to supporting our local community in a variety of ways.
Below are just some of the recent projects that we have enjoyed delivering and supporting.
Alexandra’s aged care facility Kellock Lodge is aiming to raise $500,000 to assist the facility to become a registered care provider and bed licence holder. This follows the resolution to transfer the ownership of Kellock Lodge aged care residential facility from the Diocese of Wangaratta to the community of Alexandra. We are proud to have donated $10,000 to the appeal to help purchase the 50 bed licence which will benefit the local community by keeping Kellock Lodge in the hands of local, not-for-profit ownership.
Significant Tree Names
Alexandra’s early inhabitants left our town with the gift of many mature trees that we now all love and enjoy. This foresight means our council building is shaded by century old oak trees and Leckie Park has many unique mature specimen trees. Alexandra and District Open Gardens wanted everyone who stops to admire these trees to learn of their proper botanical names. This was done in 2018 with the placement of signs stating the botanical and common name of the significant trees. A leaf sample from each tree was identified by a Royal Botanical Gardens botanist to ensure that the names were correct.
Alexandra Returned Services League (RSL)
We are very proud of our local RSL and their beautiful headquarters, adorned with murals of those who served. In 2019 the Alexandra and District Open Gardens gifted this organisation a professionally designed and constructed garden at these headquarters for both the members and guests to enjoy. The new garden at the RSL has turned a useless corner into a multi-functional space that can be used for meetings, ceremonies, or by the public. It now has an all-weather surface, seating and a planting design that will look beautiful year round. The RSL was so excited with their new space that they erected a plaque acknowledging all those who served and the Alexandra and District Open Gardens for the gift.
This project involved taking our very tired and over grown town park and giving it a new lease on life. Rotary Park is situated in the heart of Alexandra and is also home to our busy Visitor Information Centre. The improvements to this park were designed and constructed in 2018 and included the reshaping and replanting of garden beds, installation of new and improved access paths and additional seating for people to enjoy the picturesque views across this beautiful park. This project was initiated by the Alexandra and District Open Gardens and was funded collaboratively with Rotary Club of Alexandra and the Alexandra Truck Show committee.