The Friendship Garden and Citrus Orchard at RFBI Coffs Harbour Masonic Village was first planted in 2016. The idea grew following a trip to Geneva by Ann Featherstone in 2006, where she visited the ‘Flower Clock Garden’. Ann, a resident of our retirement village, suggested we create our own version.
With the assistance and advice from local gardener, Judy Luckie, stage 1 commenced. A circular citrus orchard was planted, including seasonal shrubs and flowers, on land at the northern part of the village. At Judy’s suggestion, a sprinkler system was installed from our bore water supply.
The monument at the centre represents the Freemasons’ Hand of Friendship, constructed by Phillip Bertram, son of John Bertram, a foundation member of RFBI Coffs Harbour Masonic Lodge’s construction board. Deep connections continue within our community.
Already becoming a feature in the village, plans are underway for stage 2, designed to turn the area into a park with seating area. We look forward to watching the Friendship Garden grow into a prized local feature.