Saturday, 25 April 2009

Anzac Day

Rosemary is a symbol of remembrance.

It is significant to Anzac Day because the shrub grows wild on the Gallipoli Peninsula.
Diggers recall the strong scent as they scrambled the Anzac Cove hills under Turkish gun fire.
For some, it became a scent that haunted them upon return to Australia.

In 1915 a wounded Digger taken to hospital in Adelaide, brought some rosemary home with him from Gallipoli and planted it.
The rosemary grew, cuttings were taken and new plants were created for a memorial hedge. This hedge now resides in the Waite Arboretum in South Australia.
On Anzac Day you can purchase plants reproduced from the original Gallipoli Rosemary.

Australian &

They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them

Lest we forget

x Narelle

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