Eden Gardens has supported Cancer Council NSW since opening in 2004 to promote sun awareness and cancer prevention to Australians. They have joined together to create a beautiful Daffodil Garden with the Wall of Recognition and Wall of Memory as a place of thanks, remembrance and hope.
Daffodils are the international symbol of hope for people touched by cancer. With one in two Australians expected to be diagnosed with cancer at some time in their life, it is something close to all of us. Thanks to those who donate to Cancer Council for cancer research, education and patient support in remembrance of those we have lost to cancer and hope for a cancer free future.
Throughout the year the Daffodil Garden provides a special place for many people. In July the daffodils push through the soil on their annual ascent and begin to bud. There is hope in planting and the symbolisms of daffodils make it a perfect partnership. The wall with loved one’s names engraved is a place to sit and remember loved ones.
According to Anna Ainsworth, Community Development Manager at Eden, the daffodil garden at Eden Gardens brings healing to the families of so many touched by cancer. “There is so much meaning to the family to actually plant a bulb and come back on Daffodil Day and see it bloom. It helps part of the grieving process.”
This year we will be having an installation as part of Eden Unearthed: Art in the Gardens called Bouquet for Anne, by artists Ro Murray and Mandy Burgess, who say “The open gesture of the bouquet symbolises the joy of living, a celebration of the present moment.” The branches, fallen from drought and fire effected areas, are bandaged in recycled fabric in an act of care. To take part in this installation, visit Eden Gardens on August 25 to help bandage and paint some branches in a quiet celebration of the ephemerality of life.
By: Meredith Kirton