There is currently no place in Canberra for the community to gather and reflect on the impact of AIDS. As a result, a community group of people living with HIV, their family and friends, with the support of the AIDS Action Council, have spent many years raising funds and searching for the right site.
Due to the tireless support of the AIDS Action Council patron John Mackay AM, the AIDS Garden of Reflection has been granted a home at the National Arboretum in the Gallery of Gardens, a series of six connected gardens being developed on the Events Terrace.
The AIDS Garden of Reflection will be incorporated as an important part of the Arboretum's master plan and vision.
Designed as a peaceful place of contemplation, the garden will join other significant spaces throughout Australia which provide an opportunity for families, friends and supporters to honour, heal and develop hope.
Philippa Moss, Executive Director of the AIDS Action Council said "The vision for the Garden is to create a secluded area for reflection which provides a sense of comfort and sanctuary, featuring the views and character of the surrounding landscape.
The Garden will provide a special haven where visitors can pay tribute to those who have lost their life to HIV and AIDS and reflect on the hope that current and future research provides."
Designed by Melbourne's John Patrick Pty Ltd Landscape Architects, the 500 square metre AIDS Garden of Reflection will feature a range of native plants, seats, a water feature and a unique sense of place.
The proposed plans for the AIDS Memorial Garden at the Arboretum
Please support the funding appeal to construct the AIDS Garden of Reflection. Donate now and help us meet our goal of $125,000. Donations are fully tax deductible and you can donate online at www.aidsgardenact.com.au.