Monday, October 10, 2011
Mayor's Grove (they thought they were planting in the City of Gardens)
According to the City of Victoria sign in Beacon Hill Park, the Mayor's Grove was established in 1927 when Mayor J.C. Pendray conceived the idea of a tree planting ceremony for the delegates to the Western Mayor Convention. In subsequent years several other mayors had turned the sod and added their signature trees to the meadow.
There are now 31 trees. In 1929, Winston Churchill planted a hawthorn. As you can see, it is not in great shape. Many people attended a ceremony at the tree after Churchill died on December 30, 1965.
-- Linda Foubister
TW: Judging from the look of the ground, the tree appears to be trying to survive in a desert. Dying for water? Result of water restriction policies? Mayors used to plant in "the city of gardens", now it's "brown town." How sad that cricket fields can have water but gardens can't.