On Friday 23 September 2016, we were proud to receive a Commendable Award as part of this year’s The Sydney Hills Garden Competition – an Orange Blossom Festival Event and a project of the Rotary Club of the Hills-Kellyville.
We entered category 8 of the competition being for Industrial, Commercial or Institution Garden, professionally maintained.
Our garden is lovingly maintained by Manny Spiteri – our Director Richard’s 86 year old semi-retired father and his small team of helpers.
This Spring we have celebrated a riot of vivid floral colour in the garden, with the perfect combination of rain and sunshine. The pansies at our gate are currently in full bloom, providing a pop of vibrant colour in radiant shades of purples, oranges, yellows, rubies and pinks, all bordered by bright white alyssum, to passers-by on Old Northern Road, Rogans Hill.
The Hermitage garden has been restored along with the cottage (the first building in Castle Hill dating to 1802) following sub division and years of neglect.
We have over 50 different species planted within the garden. Our floral varieties include pansies, camellias, azaleas, agapanthus, alyssum, begonias, dianella revoluta, gardenias, mariahs, lilly pillies, erigeron speciosus and forget me nots. We are also very proud of our English box hedges and Norfolk pines.
We pride ourselves on providing our client families with a peaceful and graceful commercial premises to take solace in usually in a time of great personal loss or for quiet reflecting when pre-arranging their own funerals.
The garden and flowers play a critical role in how our business is perceived and our premises at the Hermitage has become an iconic association with our business.
Many families who choose to view their loved ones at the Hermitage often stay for photos and conversation in the front garden and on the front terrace as it receives glorious sunshine for most of the day.
In 2017, we plan to adopt a new planting strategy to bring more year-long colour to the Hermitage, with the planting of more perennials as opposed to annuals.