Easter bunnies camp out at remembrance garden

Rebekah Dray, Courtney Martin, Nathan Fincham and Annah Dray.

A FAMILY of quirky bunnies have taken over a remembrance garden in Westville and residents are encouraged to pop by as Easter approaches.

For the next week, you will be able to take your little ones for a drive and enjoy the spectacle as a family of larger-than-life rabbits occupy the garden to wish everyone a happy Easter. With a tranquil setting and a of variety adorable Easter-themed crafts, a visit to this garden is bound to make your Easter a memorable one.

The verge garden which was originally created by Janine Magree started about six months ago at the intersection of Maryvale and Kingsmead Roads.

Speaking about the initiative, Magree said, “Glenda Kirkirides, who ran a Facebook page for the Umzimbeet Residents Association (UVRA) until her death two years ago of cancer sparked the idea, as she had often posted about the neighbourhood’s fauna and flora. It was decided the verge would be a good place for the garden as it was an eyesore which had been used as a dumping ground during roadworks and was seldom tended by the municipality. It was also conveniently situated opposite the ADT guard hut with its 24-hour guards.

“With help from gardener, Sandile Khuzwayo, Louw Burger, who provided a skip to remove rubble and many residents and friends, who donated plants and rocks, the work progressed apace. By February, the verge, was a blaze of massed colour when my 17-year-old son, Bryn, unexpectedly suffered a ruptured aneurysm at a local gym and died. The community then flocked to the garden to lay flowers in memory of him.

“When the flowers died, they looked depressing, and that was not why this garden was designed. It was meant to inspire positive thoughts.” This sparked the idea to decorate the garden with themed crafts for different occasions. With an Easter theme expected by several residents, Magree decided to take up the challenge with the help of Richard Proctor, his wife, Nicky and sons, Stirling and Channing who showcased their creativity with their Easter crafts. Children from the area also contributed to the garden with their beautiful Easter themed creations.

Deshni Ramkissoon-Pillay

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