Canterbury Museum

Heritage Week Victory Garden

Posted: 5 October 2009

During the spring school holidays children from Canterbury Museum’s Discovery Club will be working hard to create a Victory Garden along the lines of the community gardens that sprung up across the nation in a response to the vegetable shortage during World War Two.

The garden is being created as part of the Museum’s school holiday programme entitled History Hounds, which runs from 28 September to 9 October. It will remain on display until late December when the vegetables will be harvested and donated to the Christchurch City Mission to help them celebrate Christmas with a lunch for those in need. 

City Missioner, Michael Gorman, said “At many times in world history we have been subjected to extreme violence, hardship and hunger. The Second World War was one such time when people were in need and times were tough. At the City mission we have people whose lives are always tough. Every day they know what it is like to ration out their food so that they can survive. They live lives of poverty, illness and neglect. It is wonderful when people see the need in the community and respond.

I am so grateful to the children who plant the Victory garden that they are thinking of the clients of the City Mission. Our Christmas lunch is most likely the biggest Christmas lunch in town and we need all the help we can get to provide food for this occasion.

It is especially heartening to know that children are willing to give to those in need. Often giving is seen as an adult occupation but those involved with this project have shown that young people are generous and think of others. We at the City Mission are very grateful to all who are involved and I hope that everything grows as it should.”

The programme is supported by the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.