Coffs Harbour Friendship Garden and Citrus Orchard

cornerstone 15 Aug 2017

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.