In memory of a very special Former Pupil and Former Teacher 1909-2007.
The garden was opened on Friday June 20th by the son of the only remaining living relative of Miss Laidlaw, her cousin in Canada.
A small file of Miss Laidlaw’s ashes was placed in the garden, just before the opening ceremony.
It was a lovely sunny day and over 80 Former Pupils attended the opening, preceded by lunch and followed by a concert by current pupils and tea.
We were delighted to have so many Former Pupils attend and re-visit the school, some for the first time in many years. The garden remains open in term time and can be visited by Former Pupils.
We are grateful to the Trustees of the Laidlaw-Hall Trust for their generous donation towards this project; the funds originated from Miss Laidlaw’s estate.
We are also grateful to Miss Laidlaw’s cousin in Canada and her family, for their generous donation and to those of you who have, or may wish to give a donation.
In Miss Laidlaw’s name, we thank you for your generosity.……………………………………………………..
We felt a garden was the most fitting memorial to Miss Alison. She loved the outdoors and her modern holistic attitude to education is reflected in the concept. She would not have wanted a brass plaque, we can imagine her saying “…someone would only have to clean it!” The garden is designed for the use of the current pupils and staff and is open to visitors and Former Pupils. We have plans to open this part of the campus to the public, in the future.
The garden design is by Marion Rodger, a parent at the school. She donated her time and expertise to the Trust.
The garden has been created within the ruined walls of an ancient salt store at the front of Bruntsfield House, near to the ‘famous’ archway.
Current pupils at the school are helping with the restoration and planting.
The garden is a project in process and the opening marks the completion of stage one, further work will be continuing on its design and upkeep in the context of this part of the school campus.