For nearly three decades, Jocelyn Price has been looking after several gardens around the Blockhouse Bay village, including the Community Centre gardens and pots, the Senior Citizens’ Hall gardens, the pots in the main street and the gardens at her church, Church of the Saviour. A familiar figure with her gardening tools and watering can, Jocelyn always has time for a chat with locals as they admire her work, which has been entirely voluntary.
It all began in 1991 with Jocelyn’s husband Albert, who had sadly developed dementia. Although he was still physical strong, his memory was affected, forcing him to give up his pamphlet delivery rounds which kept him fit and active and gave him an interest outside the house.
Jocelyn recalls an old gentleman who used to tend the gardens before her, but after he died no-one cared for them and they grew shabby. She decided that this would be a great activity for Albert who missed the exercise from his pamphlet rounds. After Albert passed Jocelyn continued the gardens on her own.
Although the big tubs from the Community Centre now reside in Henderson and some of the other tubs in the village are now largely planted in succulents which require less maintenance, Jocelyn still has plenty to take care of and has no plans to ‘retire’ from her passion.
The Blockhouse Bay Community Centre, along with the local community and Business Association, would like to thank Jocelyn for her self-less contribution to the beautification of the Bay.