Two substantial bequests were recently received towards the ongoing development of Hamilton Gardens from the estates of Jill Christiansen and Christine Margaret (Marg) Woolford.
Jill Christiansen’s involvement with Hamilton Gardens began when she volunteered to become a Gardens tour guide in 1993. She was later a regular volunteer in the Visitor Centre until leaving Hamilton to live near Wellington. She remained a member of the Friends of Hamilton Gardens until her death in May 2019 aged 90.
“Jill’s gift is an acknowledgment of the efforts and passion of Friends past and present,” says Virginia Graham, representing the Friends of Hamilton Gardens.
“Her bequest will help Hamilton Gardens to continue to flourish.”
A bequest was also received from the estate of the late Marg Woolford who died in 2018, aged 63 years. She been a member of a group of artists who met weekly at Hamilton Gardens to paint garden scenes.
In the foreword to a book of her artworks, Marg wrote:
“All those who sketch [at the Gardens] are forever grateful to the dedicated gardeners who make it possible, as it’s a real pleasure to have such abundance close at hand.”
Dr Peter Sergel, Director of Hamilton Gardens acknowledged the generosity of their bequests:
“The development of the Hamilton Gardens has always been dependent on community support. It’s particularly encouraging to receive these substantial contributions from people who’ve had an on-going association with the Gardens.”
“We’re aware of other people who’ve enjoyed the Gardens over many years, and plan to leave something in their wills towards its ongoing development. This whole place is really the legacy of many different people who’ve contributed over the years.”