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Gardeners 'shrub up' for heart surgery

13 Feb 2019


Sharing his passion this Valentine’s Day is Nepean Hospital Gardener, Troy Martin, whose love for his work is on show across the campus.

The heart shaped hedge is one of many shapes that have been cut into plants around Nepean Hospital with others including a map of Australia, an arrow and the word ‘HOPE’.

“I’m just trying to bring a smile to people’s faces. Nobody ever wants to go to a hospital but if I can do something to brighten someone’s day I will,” says Troy.

“People often stop me as I’m tending to the gardens and compliment the work I’m doing that day. They particularly love it when I’m shaping plants around the hospital grounds.”

The Nepean Hospital campus spans approximately 143,768m2 and employs three full time gardeners and an apprentice to care for the hospital grounds.

With over 60 years’ combined experience in the industry, the gardening team’s ‘green thumbs’ are very much in bloom as they tend to over 200 varieties of native and exotic plants.

“Some of our best handiwork can be seen at the rose gardens near the executive buildings, or the gardens surrounding Somerset Cottage,” says David Blackett, Nepean Hospital Head Gardener.

“Quite often we see some friendly wildlife on the grounds. Possums are quite popular as are blue tongue lizards and lorikeets. The occasional kookaburra always provides a good laugh as well.”

Be sure to keep an eye out the next time you visit Nepean Hospital and while you’re at it why not try finding as many shaped hedges as you can. (Hint: There’s over 30!)