THE Wimmera Retirement Village has launched a new open garden.
Horsham Rural City councillor Mark Radford said the new garden would bring new responsibilities to residents to tender and maintain the patch.
“This garden will become a place of friendship, teamwork, a place to chat and a place to reflect and maybe remember,” he said.
“It will become a place of learning.
“Of all the recreational pursuits that we can choose to occupy our time, the simple process of planting a seed in the ground and watching and waiting for it to grow has to be the most innate, instinctive, natural thing we can do.”
The garden will be looked after by the residents of the village, who will have the opportunity to plant things they cannot in their own backyards.
Cr Radford said that the process was more than just observing how a garden grows, as the gardener becomes an essential part of the life of the plants.
“The planting, nurturing and harvesting process has been used in parables for thousands of years,” Cr Radford said.
“Whether cultivating relationships, bringing up children, starting a new business or fostering an idea into a project.
“The same principles are shared.”
Cr Radford said no matter what the group was planting, it would be a good thing.
“You will need the right tools,” he said.
“You’ll need to be appropriately dressed in daggy old clothing.
“You will need to be prepared to get your hands dirty and you will have some fun in your garden.”