volunteers keep the gardens going

From 2007-2014, the state heritage listed Fletcher Jones Pleasant Hill site in Warrnambool deteriorated almost beyond repair.

During those dark years, a small band of volunteers kept the famous gardens alive.  Lex Caldwell led the volunteer effort.  He had maintained the gardens for owner, Ian Ballis of Mill Markets and when that business went into receivership in 2012, the site was left in limbo.  Lex however continued working to maintain the gardens. 

Lex is head gardener at the Fletcher Jones Gardens under new owner Dean Montgomery.  Dean aims to fully restore the gardens to their former glory and it has been wonderful to see the changes happening.  Many people comment now on how great the gardens look again.   

Lex Caldwell who led the volunteer effort to keep the Fletcher's Gardens alive.  He is now head gardener and leading the restoration of the gardens under Dean Montgomery's ownership.  Photo: Bluestone Magazine

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If you would like to share images, stories or anecdotes about Fletcher Jones, the man or the business, please contact the Project Coordinator, Julie Eagles, through this website or contact via the Save the Silver Ball and Fletcher’s Gardens Facebook Page.  

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