Heritage garden plans to spruce up museum

Renwick Museum staff Gwenda Hodson, left, and Sandra Welburn hope to see the unused green area behind the building ...
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Renwick Museum staff Gwenda Hodson, left, and Sandra Welburn hope to see the unused green area behind the building transformed into a heritage garden.

A secret(ish) garden behind a tiny museum in Marlborough is set for a new look.

An overgrown vegetable patch and old fruit trees behind Renwick Museum bear testament to a more productive time, but now the garden is virtually unused.

Staff have revealed plans to turn the untended plot into a heritage garden, featuring plants that would have grown in its hey day. 

The heritage garden will be part of wider renovation work going on at the museum.

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The handmade bullocks and dray, or cart, which have stood outside for 50 years, were carefully moved on Friday to make the front more presentable.

The dray, which has sat outside Renwick Museum for 50 years, has been carefully moved to allow renovation work on the ...
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The dray, which has sat outside Renwick Museum for 50 years, has been carefully moved to allow renovation work on the building to begin.

Museum secretary Sandra Welburn says the museum will close temporarily to allow for the crucial upgrade work.

"The dray, made by Norm Brayshaw 50 years ago, is in need of some TLC has been removed and placed temporarily out back so it can have some restoration work done and the area where the display stands will then be upgraded to make the outside of the museum presentable again.

"After that the bullock and dray will be put back, hopefully restored for the next 50 years," she says.

The garden behind Renwick Museum is set to become a heritage garden as part of an upgrade to the site, if funding is found.
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The garden behind Renwick Museum is set to become a heritage garden as part of an upgrade to the site, if funding is found.

Work has already begun on a new boundary fence in the garden between the museum and the backpackers next door.

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While funding has yet to be secured, Sandra says she would like to see the garden brought back to its original glory.

"This land has stood unused by the museum for a very long time, and we are hoping to make it a restful area for visitors and locals to enjoy.

"The heritage gardens will be a living museum display of historic plants from the gardens of yesteryear," she says.

Inside the museum is also set for a new look with the walls and ceiling being painted in heritage colours.

A ranchslider will also be put up inside the first exhibit to allow staff easier access.

"As the warmer weather approaches it makes sense to do the work now," Sandra says. "It's a shame we have to close but it's for a good cause."

 - The Marlborough Express

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