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Tuesday 6 November, 2018
The community is invited
to attend the opening of the Ashburton Domain’s very first cultural themed
garden on Saturday 10 November. Through the Welcoming Communities initiative,
the Ashburton District Council Open Spaces team have been working with the
Ashburton Indian Multicultural Trust to create a cultural themed garden that
recognises the district’s growing cultural and ethnic diversity.
The Indian themed garden
is intended to help create even more welcoming public spaces where newcomers
and local community members can feel welcome, make connections and learn about
each other and their cultures.
Council Open Spaces staff
and the Ashburton Indian Multicultural Trust members have designed, raised
seedlings and will recreate an ‘Om’ symbol in the triangle flowerbed near the
waterwheel and duck pond in the Domain. In Hinduism and Buddhism the ‘Om’
symbol is a sound and is a powerful mantra often used in meditation, yoga and
other spiritual practices and is of great importance to the Indian culture.
The symbol will be
planted using the marigold flower, which is of great importance and prominence
in the Indian culture, often used in special occasions and celebrations.
A boarder of verbena and lobelia flowers in purples and blues will complement
the symbol planting, helping to recognise the Fijian Indian influence across
“We are very proud to be
working with the Ashburton Indian Multicultural Trust on this garden. The
Domain is a great place for people to relax, spend time with friends and family
and enjoy the gardens. Naturally, those new to our district have embraced the
Domain in the same way as residents who’ve been here for many years. It’s great
that we can showcase different cultures and let the people that live here see
their culture reflected around them in one of the district’s most popular
sites,” Council Open Spaces Manager, David Askin says.
“This project has been
challenging for us in terms of design, but it has also raised awareness of
other cultures. It has given us - and will give visitors to the Domain, the
opportunity to build their appreciation of another culture and to celebrate and
embrace who we are as a district. As this themed garden is a seasonal planting,
we hope that there may be an opportunity each year to work with different
cultural groups in the district to design and showcase a themed cultural
garden,” Mr Askins adds.
The garden planting will
begin on Friday 9 November and will be completed on the morning of Saturday 10
November, prior to the garden opening at 11.30am. A free barbeque will then be
provided (first in, first served). In the event of very wet weather, the
opening will not go ahead, however the garden will still be planted to be
enjoyed until late summer.