In 1961 Bertha York and her husband moved to Port Macquarie, living at the corner of Stewart and Grant St. She thought the mass of weeds across the road was an ugly blight on such a beautiful piece of coastline, so set about, at great personal effort and expense, transforming the area from Allman Hill to Gaol Pont, into a beautiful "Floral Reserve", admired by people from all over Australia and a major tourist attraction for our town.Plan to see Mrs York's Garden and other attractions that appeal to you using our Port Macquarie trip itinerary tool .
In May 1968, 5 years after making a start, her labour of love was recognised when Archdeacon Warr, from St. Thomas' Anglican Church, dedicated Mrs.York's Garden and in October of that year the Australian Women's Weekly published a 2 page article featuring the garden.
Late 1970, due to declining health, the garden came under the care of the then, Municipal Council. However, over time the garden fell in to disrepair and remained that way until October 2014 when the Friends of Mrs York's Garden formed as a result of older local citizens commenting on the Facebook site You're From Port Macquarie If You Remember. The group began restoring the area and replanting it with littoral rainforest plants, the endemic plant species for the East Coast of Australia.
The Friends of Mrs. York’s Garden is a volunteer, non- profit group that has formed under the Port Macquarie Hastings Council Shaping Our Place program and is affiliated with Port Macquarie Landcare Group Inc for Insurance and Grant Funding purposes. We have 20 members, including Glenys Pearson a granddaughter of Mrs York and experienced Horticulturalist, who is our Site Supervisor. We also have members who have valuable experiences such as with Landcare, Business Studies, Engineering & Project Management, Finance, Marketing and Plumbing. We are very committed to the long term improvement and maintenance of this area.
We are unfunded and have achieved work to date through volunteer labour, donated materials and a small grant. We have Council support to extend the project including a picnic shelter, steps to the garden, seating and garden beds along Stewart Street to Gaol Point. In addition we need to maintain the existing plantings including weed removal and regular mulching. We are seeking Grant Funding and sponsors to enable the project to continue into the future.
What We Have Achieved So Far:
-Site preparation, planting of approximately 500 endemic littoral rainforest plants, mulching and a consistent watering program to the bank below the Grant St car park and headland plants between the pathways.
-Weed and rubbish removal from the bank area below the Grant St car park and the gully area below Allman Hill.
-Contribution of over $50,000 in voluntary labour.
-Interpretation signage overlooking the garden.
-Seat restoration of the Quota seat, originally located in the Windmill/ Waterfall Garden.
-All abilities path to the garden.
-Planning and Council approval of future projects- shelter & picnic setting, steps, seating.
The community has shown great support for the project including over 300 facebook supporters, some from overseas; hundreds of comments of support on facebook, frequent positive comments of passerbys, in kind and financial support of local residents, Councillors, Council staff and family members of Mrs York including her remaining daughter and 4 grandchildren. Local school students have participated in planting and are committed to continuing involvement.
We have had 2 high profile opening events attended by the Mayor and have had media exposure through a number of outlets including: 1 television appearance, 3 articles in Port News, 2 articles in the Independent, 1 radio interview, 1 article in Landcare Newsletter and speaking at Garden Club & Quota Club Functions. We have recently been nominated in the Community Group of the Year category for PMHC Australia Day Awards 2016.
We are hoping to return the area to a place of natural beauty where residents and visitors can come to enjoy exercise, picnicking and relaxing and for education about the littoral rainforest ecosystem.
We would like to connect with members of the Business and Corporate Community as well as individuals who may wish to help in this restoration, by donating funds, offering in kind help or sponsoring a project that we have in mind.
The Friends of Mrs. York’s Garden believe our project is a very worthwhile one that Business and Community members would benefit from being associated with and committed to its progress.
We offer the following in recognition for contributions in monetary terms, in kind contributions or sponsorship of a project.
CATEGORY $ AMOUNT RECOGNITION
1 To $500 • Certificate
• FB recognition
2 $500-$1000 • Certificate
• FB recognition
• Media Item
3 $1000-$2000 • Certificate
• FB recognition for 6 months
• Media Item
4 $2000-$5000 • Certificate
• FB recognition for 1 year
• Media Item
• Name/logo on signage (small)
5 $5000-$10000 • Certificate
• FB recognition for 1 year
• Media Item
• Name/logo on signage (large)
Other bonuses include acknowledgement at events, invitation to all events, name/logo on flyers and invitations.
Plants, Soil, mulch, fertilisers, Landscaping requirements
Engineering/ Architectural Services
Plans drawn to Council specifications
Building, woodworking, concreting, brickwork, paving, landscaping
Paper, Flyers, Postcards, Business Cards, Marketing Merchandise eg fridge magnets, carry bags, calendar, pens
Marketing, legal, environmental etc
PROJECTS ESTIMATED VALUE
Planting to Stewart St TBD
Chemical equipment and training $600-$1000
Timber/rusted metal entry sign $3-4000
Plant identification signage $600
Planting to Allman Hill gully and the bushland corridor to Gaol Point TBD
Concrete steps with timber handrail $2500-3000
Rustic timber amphitheatre seating $2000
Planting & concrete steps/ ramps to Stewart St TBD
Covered shelter on concrete base $8000
Picnic setting $5000
For further information or discussion of fundraising opportunities please contact:
Dianne Davison (Community Contact)
Ph: 0439853835 E:firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs York's Garden Reviews
The work undertaken over the past couple of years (I think by volunteers?) to rehabilitate this previously overgrown and disused area is nothing short of spectacular. I always look forward to checking... more »
This is a beautiful walk to take on a nice day. All the beautiful plants are labeled so you know what you’re looking at. Very peaceful. more »
Mrs York did a great job with the creation of her garden it tock a lot of hard work but after she stopped gardening the garden fell into disrepair for a while now the garden is going again with the help of volunteers and the council it is good shape again with some new features recommend having a look
Lovely little place to stop, park the car and take in the beautiful view of the Port Macquarie Breakwall. Explore the Gardens that are maintained by a dedicated team of community minded individuals. Lovely place to sit in the sun on a cool morning. Picnic tables and new walkway make this whole area worth visiting. Enjoy!
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