Garden of Memories

A garden for Guide Dogs

The Garden of Memories: “Six legs, one journey.”

In 2013, a group of six graduates of the Tasmanian Leaders Program began working with Guide Dogs Tasmania and the City of Hobart to develop a garden to remember and celebrate the importance of Guide Dogs.

Some of the Garden of Memories journey.

Some of the Garden of Memories journey.

For over ten years Guide Dogs Tasmania clients and instructors had expressed a need and desire to have a special space, such as a memorial garden, where they could reflect on the lives and service of past Guide Dogs. While something like this was a wonderful idea, Guide Dogs Tasmania did not have the financial or human resource to deliver it. When the Tasmanian Leaders group offered to turn this idea into a reality, Guide Dogs Tasmania staff and clients were thrilled.

Garden of Memories

The site on Elizabeth Street/Warwick Street Hobart was determined to be the most suitable – due to its ease of access, proximity to public transport and the Guide Dogs Tasmania’s office, and the ‘blank canvas’ of grass, path and table that existed on the site.

The objectives of the Garden of Memories are:

The Garden of Memories relied heavily on support from Tasmanian landscape architects Playsteet, the City of Hobart, and the WD Booth Charitable Trust to ensure it’s completion.

The Garden was officially opened on International Guide Dog Day, 2016 (April 27).

Guide Dog Monty's Tag

Guide Dog Monty’s garden tag

The Garden of Memories project group participants are Jane Forrest, Kate Grady, Margie Jenkin, Ben Maynard, Stewart Sharples, Gina Sidhu.

Download a printable brochure here: Garden of Memories

You can find the Garden at 254 Elizabeth Street Hobart, just up from the Guide Dogs Tasmania office.

Part of the official opening of the Garden of Memories.

Part of the official opening of the Garden of Memories.