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For many years the area of land opposite the Gymnasium was used for Free Time Allotments, and part of this was known by the
familiar name "Pets Corner". Although the pleasure gained by the boys from, these activities could never be measured, it must be
admitted that the site never showed off the school entrance to the best advantage. Since the need for classroom space has always
been a major problem, this position has now been relieved, by the building there of a schoolroom block, now accommodating
A. B. and C. groups, plus a Science Room.
After the completion of the new block, it was obvious that the remaining land—rather resembling a bomb-site—-should be
developed, and it was. decided that as this was Coronation year, the area should be laid out as gardens to commemorate this
historic occasion. The plans having been inspected by the Goldings Subcommittee, and the suggested scheme approved, the work
was then tackled by the Gardening Department.
After ploughing, discing, bulldozing, and the sacrifice of much honest sweat, the scene has now been transformed into a fairly
Creditable Coronation Garden.
Featured on the drive side is a mixed flowering shrub border, backed by a pergola planted up with a cream flowered rampant
creeper known as the Russian Vine (Polygonum Baldschuanicum) which grows at the rate of 30 to 40 feet in one season.
Surrounding the front side of the actual building is grass in which flower beds have been set. In each bed a fine specie of
flowering cherry, (Prunus Serrula Albo-Rosea) has been planted, and it may be significant to mention, that they were budded by
the department in 1951 on to the common cherry stock. On the lower half of the scheme, an apple orchard, and a coppice of
forest: trees add a background, and included in the coppice are 12 silver birch trees which were presented for this special purpose
by Mr. Tetley, the Chairman of the Goldings Sub-committee. To complete the Layout, approximately 16 plots will be allocated
to keen young gardeners, to try their skill this season.
For the benefit of those who have contributed to the shrubbery, a plan, of the border is shown in the diagrams below.


32. Leycesteria Formosa. (Himalayan Honeysuckle).
33. Enkianthus Canrpamilatus.
34. Ceanothu& Veitchianus.
35. Berberis Thurnbergli.
36. Spartium junceum. (Spanish Broom).
37. Hydrangea Serrata Acuminata.
38. Veronica Veitchii.
39. Caryopteris Mastacanthus.
40. Veronica
41. Veronica
42. Escallonia C. F. BalL
43. Fushsia gjacilis.
44. EscaH'Qnia Ekmard Brilliance.
45. Escallcoia Dooard Seedling.
46. Pittosporam tenuifolium.
47. Myrde coffimnnis.
48. Philadelphns Enchantress.
49. Potentilla Fruticosa Farreri.
50. Cotoneaster Wardii.
51. Ribies Atrosaiiquineum. (Flowering Currant).
52. Hypericum Patulum Henryii.
53. Ribies Sanquineum,
54. Eulalia Japonica Gracillima.
55. Ribies Sanquineum.
59. Berberis Thunbergii Atropurpurea.
57. Eulalia Zebrina.
58. Sarcococca Rucifolia.
56. Potentilla Fruiticosa.
60. Euonymus Ovatus Aurea.
61. Hypericum Patulum Hidcote,
62. Sarcococca Humilis.
63. Exochorda Grandiflora.

1. Olearea Haastii. (New Zealand Daisy Bush).
2. Buddleia Globosa. (Orange Ball Tree).
3. Garryi Thureti. (Silk Tassel Bush).
4. Abutus Uiiedo. (Strawberry Tree).
5. Coronilla Emurus.
6. Rhus Folius purpureis. (Smoke tree).
7. Weigelia Stenosa.
8. Rhus typhina. (Smoke tree).
9. Weigelia Eva Rathke.
10. Cornus, Mas. (Cornelian Cherry],
11 Spiraea Liiidleyana.
12. Laurel Rotundifolia. (Common Laurel).
13. Rubus ordoratus. (Flowering Brambles).
14. Cotoneaster Franchetii.
15. Deutzia Pride of Rochester.
16. Weigelia Newport Red.
17. Forsythia viridissima. (Golden Bells).
18. Liquidambar styracifhia.
19. Lonicera frangrantissima. (Honeysuckle).
20. Berberis Verruculosa. (Barberry).
21. Tamarix Pentandra.
22. Cotoneatster Augustifolia.
23. Caryopteris Clandonensis.
24. Escalionia Langleyensis.
25. Pittosporum Silver Queen.
26. Berberis Julianae.
27. Cotneaster Simonsii.
28. Philadelphus Maculatus-purpureo. (Mock, orange).
29. Berberis Coryii.
30. Stephandra Tanakea.
31. Cotontaster Bullata.

From The Goldonian Spring 1953