Open … a garden fit for a queen

NEW Norfolk has a new botanical attraction full of symbolism to mark the late Queen Elizabeth’s 70 years of service.

Last Friday the Queens Jubilee and Memorial Garden on Humphrey Street was officially opened.

Mayor Michelle Dracoulis said the garden was a beautiful addition to the township.

“This beautiful garden is filled with symbolism, with a local focus,’’ Mrs Dracoulis said.

“The trees planted here were chosen for their English heritage, significance to the Queen and to fit with the Platinum Jubilee theme.

“The main feature tree in the garden is the English elm, also known as the Majesty of the Wood, and is surrounded by Queen’s lavender.

“Lining the path to the tree are crimson queen maples and Elizabeth magnolias.

“These are supported by Tasmanian natives including silver banksia, and platinum woolly bush … as well as river red gum trees, which was the first tree that Queen Elizabeth planted on March 27, 1954, on her first official visit to Australia.