Na­tive gar­den fi­nally takes root in town

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

A long-awaited na­tive gar­den is fi­nally spring­ing to life in Roe­bourne out­side the Ngurin Cul­tural Cen­tre.

The Ngar­luma Yind­jibarndi Foun­da­tion held meet­ings for the gar­den be­fore its 150th an­niver­sary last year, and now af­ter a lengthy process, green shoots are com­ing out of the ground.

Yind­jibarndi el­der Bi­gali Han­lon is in charge of the prop­a­ga­tion of na­tive plants for the project, while her grand­daugh­ter Tenel­lia Lock­yer and botanist Vicki Long have been help­ing with iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Ms Han­lon said themes such as early pas­toral­ism, set­tlers and Chi­nese in­flu­ence would be in­cor­po­rated into the gar­den.

“This has been a long time in the making but now we are started we should be able to get a move on,” she said.

“The plants will be named for what the uses are in Ngar­luma and Yind­jibarndi lan­guage. These plants are wa­ter­wise and we have the most beau­ti­ful na­tive plants.”

Ms Han­lon said the gar­den would be ed­u­ca­tional for lo­cal chil­dren.

The gar­den in­cor­po­rates a bird­bath with flow­ing wa­ter painted by ac­claimed Roe­bourne artist Wendy Darby.

Darby said she knew what she wanted to paint as soon as Ms Han­lon ap­proached her to take on the work.

The bird­bath is made from re­pur­posed sew­er­age pipes.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Roe­bourne artist Wendy Darby with her painted bird­bath.

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