Marjie Brickley’s Garden in Hunterville
Before and after
Hunterville local, Marjie Brickley has turned a grassy railside patch like that on the left here, into a beautiful wonderland of colour. The project has included the transformation also of the old railway station site where the platform sign ‘Hunterville’ is all that remains. She and late husband Ralph started 20 years ago by simply planting cuttings from their own garden across the road. I personally recall seeing those beginnings and have photos of the earlier days when I used to visit and enjoy walks through the garden with my mother, also an avid gardener. Now any gardener will tell you how valuable bees are to our ecosystem, and Marjie has certainly done her share in hosting them.
We’re told, if the bees disappear, humans then have only a couple of years left, so vital are they for pollination. And yet they are seriously under threat from all the chemicals used prolifically around our various countrysides globally.
So this is what we can do in our own little space of the planet, however humble that space may be … we can promote and grow flowers (and veg) that are bee friendly. (Many towns and districts planet wide have been enhanced and beautified by the addition of meadow flower projects). The Rangitikei, (keeping closer to home) is no exception, having always had its fair share of beautiful gardens, on the grander as well as the smaller scale, (bees don’t mind, so long as there are flowers, and no pesticides).
After losing Ralph, Marjie continued to garden this patch and provide enjoyment for visitors from far and wide, particularly the rail passengers, as well as locally. She was even chosen as the New Zealand Gardener magazine’s Manawatu-Wanganui Gardener of the Year. To see her garden, if you are traveling north, turn right at the main town intersection, travel over the railway line then take your first left and drive to the end of
the road. Don’t forget to donate to the local St John’s and support all those wonderful volunteers who arise at all hours of the night to attend accidents or tend to the sick around the district. I observed their work one night on a hospital return trip with my father to Whanganui. The return trip involved an accident call-out that left me in awe of their skills and dedication. Clearly Marjie appreciates them as well and I know she encourages your donations in return for enjoying her fabulous garden.
TO VIEW THE PICTURES OF MARJIE’S BEAUTIFUL GARDEN, CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO OPEN THE SLIDE SHOW …. ENJOY, (MORE PHOTOS TO COME) AND DO VISIT THE GARDEN IN PERSON IF YOU CAN. ROUND IT OFF WITH A COFFEE AT ONE OF THE LOCAL CAFES … HUNTERVILLE’S COUNTRY HOSPITALITY IS AWESOME! MARJIE SAYS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT IS NOVEMBER. SEE YOU THERE!