After a horrendous winter, we offer a moment to observe and to be rekindled by the first blooms in Finnerty Gardens. Starting in October, relentless thereafter, the Pacific wind and rain and the Arctic chills tested our endurance and patience. The gardens seem for the most part to have made it through it all relatively well, and the first rhodo blooms had appeared by mid-season.
The gardens are named for the pioneer farming family whose 80-ha Gordon Head spread now forms part of campus. Finnerty descendent David Pollock, BEd ’79, is a supporter of the gardens and the Faculty of Education. Last fall he and other family members were on hand when a plaque was unveiled in the gardens to honour the Finnertys who “once tilled this soil.”
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