PENZANCE'S subtropical Morrab Gardens have hosted a double celebration.
Supporters were not only raising the Green Flag Award for public spaces once again, but also bidding fond farewells to two ladies who have done more than their share to ensure the gardens' reputation continues to flourish.
Mary Ellery, who helped formalise the Friends of Morrab Gardens by introducing a committee and inviting members to join, was bowing out after four years as the group's chairman.
In appreciation, she was presented with a framed triptych of photographs taken in the gardens by Tony Mills and received a bouquet from Andy James, general manager at Cormac Solutions Ltd.
Mrs Ellery said: "I've been in love with Morrab Gardens all my life and it's been a privilege to help the gardens.
"The Friends are there to support the owner, Cornwall Council, in any way they can – mainly by supplying funds but also through the work of the volunteers."
Mrs Ellery said she was particularly proud to have helped initiate a medium- and long-term planting programme for the gardens and the areas behind the fountain and bandstand were next in line for remedial treatment.
Also standing down was treasurer Jenny Forbes, who was presented with a bouquet, and the celebration concluded with tea and home-made cakes in the bandstand.
Having received the Green Flag last year, Morrab Gardens' latest award cements its status as among the country's best parks and open spaces.