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Those gardens are a hidden treasure. Even I sometimes forget about them, and when we travel down Ferry Road I am always delighted to see them.
The gardens once were beside the former Edmonds Baking Powder Factory ("Sure to Rise"). Long demolished and replaced by a Mobil service station which has now been demolished and right now (Sep. 2007) replaced by a Raeward Fresh fruit and vegetable store, Edmonds Baking Powder and other products can still be found everywhere. The Factory Gardens have survived. Together with the factory they still feature the Edmonds Cookbook which is New Zealand's all-time bestseller.
After the demolition of the factory in the early 1990's the City Council aquired a big part of the gardens, and a rose garden and an oval garden have been added. They were officially reopened in 1992. The community and The Friends of the Edmonds Factory gardens sponsor the maintainance of this gem in a not very flash suburb. The gardens are so romantic that they are often used for wedding photographs. When I visited last time a couple were sitting on a bench, and he was playing love songs for her on his guitar.
You are reminded of the Edmonds history in many places. First with the Edmonds sign ("Sure to Rise" in the shape of a sun with sunrays) over the main entrance on Ferry Road, beside the road to the carpark at the backside of the gardens, and in the wrought iron gates, a wooden seat in this shape, and in one garden is a glass display cabinet with old cook book covers and Edmonds designs.
The gardens are near the corner of Ferry and Aldwins Roads, on 365 Ferry Road, to the left of the Raeward Fresh fruit and vegetable store.
Thomas John Edmonds also donated the distinctive clock tower, telephone cabinet and street lights further along the river near Madras Street.
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