Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Living Reminder of Friends; Weekender Columnist Neil Fisher Is from Fisher's Nursery, North Rockhampton. You Can Chat with Neil on Radio 4ro's Gardening Hour after the 6am News on Tuesdays

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Living Reminder of Friends; Weekender Columnist Neil Fisher Is from Fisher's Nursery, North Rockhampton. You Can Chat with Neil on Radio 4ro's Gardening Hour after the 6am News on Tuesdays

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Byline: NEIL FISHER

I ALWAYS believe a garden should tell a story. It could be about the colour of flowers or foliage of the garden. Or it could be about the birds that are attracted to the garden. Maybe the story is being told by the item of art in the garden.

Then in Gladstone there was a garden with a very touching story of lost friends. At Gladstone Central State School, while judging the Gladstone Garden Competition last week, I was guided to a garden that was a living reminder to students of friends lost in the tragic MH17 air disaster.

The garden club students of the school have worked very hard on creating a food garden containing fruit trees, vegetables and herbs. Some of the plants were grown in old truck tyres that were used in the playground for years. This garden also had a worm farm, a scarecrow called 'Gary the Garden Fella' and close by a native bee hive in a retainer wall.

In the centre of this garden was the picturesque display of sunflowers. These sunflowers were grown from seeds handed out at the Western Australian memorial service that marked the young lives of Mo, Evie and Otis Maslin who were killed in the tragic MH17 air disaster.

At the heart of the award winning garden and standing tallest among the herbs, worm bins, flowers and the scarecrow, the beautiful sunflower display serves as a constant and loving reminder to students of friends lost in the tragic MH17 air disaster.

Tracey Noe, year 6 teacher and garden mentor, told me the sunflowers have tripled in number since being planted.

The link between this beautiful Gladstone garden and Mo, Evie and Otis Maslin was that these children were family friends of two of the school's students. Tracey Noe said the garden has helped students come to terms with the tragedy.

This garden is loved by the students with most of the garden club students spending time in the garden every school day. …

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