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Dame Rosemary and Gardening
In 2004 Dame Rosemary Murray was present at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show to see the launch of the rose named in her honour on the Harkness stand. She is pictured here with Anne Lonsdale, a former President of New Hall and Robert Harkness.
Now that the 2007 Show is over, the Gardens Team have re-created the Chelsea Garden in memory of our First President, Dame Rosemary Murray, using many of the original features from the show. Dame Rosemary was a remarkable woman who was not only President of the College, but who, in its early days, was also its handyman, gardener and boatkeeper. She had a keen interest in gardening and many of our alumnae fondly remember the enthusiasm with which she tended to New Hall's gardens during her Presidency. The Dame Rosemary Murray Garden is a fitting way to remember her contribution to the College's horticultural life.
Frine Zaballero (NH '65) wrote of Dame Rosemary's gardening hobby: