In the field of native plant propagation, cultivation, and preservation, the late Bill Cane was a towering presence, a brief history of Bill’s life can be accessed here. For some time now, preparations have been under way to establish in the Sale Botanic Gardens, a large bed featuring a collection of plants associated with Bill, and on the fourteenth of September 2022, on a sunny day, Bill’s family and a large gathering of native plant enthusiasts attended the public presentation of the garden and the unveiling of the commemorative plaque.
Following addresses by the Manager of Natural Environment and Parks, Tim Rowe,
and the Wellington Shire Mayor, Ian Bye,
Son Bill Cane junior gave the gathering an entertaining picture of his father’s many skills and exploits from a life devoted to native plants, their propagation, and preservation.
Son David then spoke about the making of the garden, the collection of the plants, propagation problems, and the successful completion of a garden bed that will feature flowering plants throughout the year.
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The plaque was then unveiled by Bill’s children, Bill, David, Anne, and John, and following a presentation to the family, everyone present was treated to lunch and the gift of a native plant with which to remember the occasion.
A notable life remembered in a manner with which Bill would have thoroughly approved.