The Wheat City Lions present a cheque for $2,000 to the Victorian Garden Committee of Daly House Museum. Pictured (L-R) are committee member Barb Andrew, incoming Lions president Peter George, committee member Robert Booth, committee chair Sylvia Barr, outgoing Lions president Murray Tallant, and Daly House curator Eileen Trott. (SUBMITTED)
Victorian Garden Committee members Murray Graham, Barb Andrew, Tim Wiebe and Sylvia Barr planted the first plants in the garden on May 16. (SUBMITTED)
The Victorian Garden Committee of Daly House Museum is delighted that fundraising for the next phase of construction of the museum’s Victorian Garden received a nice boost when the Wheat City Lions presented a cheque for $2,000 on June 20.
"This Victorian Garden project will have great benefits for the whole community," said Murray Tallant, outgoing president of the Lions.
Since 2009 when the project was initiated, volunteers at Daly House have been working hard behind the scenes to raise funds and to execute a construction schedule.
The project has been generously supported by the community and has raised more than $100,000, including support from Neighbourhoods Alive!, Brandon Area Community Foundation, Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation, Whitehead Foundation and many gifts in kind from local business.
"Although we are off to a good start, we’re not finished yet. An additional $15,000 is still needed to achieve our goal and to complete the project as planned and designed," said Sylvia Barr, chair of the garden committee.
"I encourage the local business community to participate in creating this multi-purpose garden that will soon be open to the public to use and enjoy."
Construction for 2012 has started, including laying all the pavers for walkways, installing a sprinkler system and elegant exterior Victorian light fixtures, and planting many heritage as well as modern-day plants.
The committee continues to look for public contributions of heritage plants that are currently in people’s gardens.
A heritage plant is a cultivar that was commonly grown during earlier periods in human history — 1950 is the generally accepted date separating heritage plants from modern plants.
The trend of growing heirloom plants in gardens has been growing in popularity in North America and Europe over the last decade.
A plant significant to the history of Brandon is also welcome in the garden. Committee members are hoping you may have a shrub or perennial planted prior to 1950 by an ancestor who was a leader in the community.
Be sure to write down the story of your special plant (what it is, when planted, by whom, occasion — what makes it special) so the museum can create a plant marker telling its story.
If you have questions, contact Victorian Committee member Barb Andrew at 204-727-3054.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 2, 2012