24 June 2015
A garden created by students at Dundee and Angus College will be donated to Macmillan after their lecturer’s wife died of cancer. Colleagues of horticultural lecturer Ally Bruce offered to donate the Japanese Scottish (in)fusion garden to the charity after his wife Joyce died of cancer in February.
The garden is being exhibited at the Gardening Scotland Show in Edinburgh this weekend and will later be rebuilt for the Dundee Flower and Food Festival at the beginning of September. After that it will be given a permanent home in Angus.
'The college does a garden for charity every year and this year my friends at work decided it should be Macmillan,' said Ally, 55, from Kirriemuir. 'When my wife was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer last year, Macmillan were brilliant. They couldn’t treat the cancer through surgery as it was too far gone when we discovered it so Joyce had six chemotherapy treatments, followed by radiotherapy and then palliative care. We had a very good Macmillan nurse who co-ordinated all the treatment.'
The garden was designed by his colleague Ali Macqueen after the horticulture team had to move an existing Japanese garden at the Kingsway Campus.
'We were expanding the hard landscaping area so lots of things had to be moved around including a Japanese garden,' said Ali.
The garden is a blend of a traditional Japanese tea garden and a Scottish garden with quirky elements such as teapots forming part of a fountain feature.
It contains Japanese maples, camellia japonica and camellia sinensis (which is used to produce tea) as well as ferns, alpines, bamboo, azaleas and rhododendrons.
Shirlie Geddes, Macmillan Fundraising Manager for Angus and Tayside, said: 'We are delighted that Dundee and Angus College has chosen to donate their garden to Macmillan so that people affected by cancer can enjoy it while accessing our services.'