Tribute garden unveiled to Joanna Yeates
A MEMORIAL garden has been unveiled in honour of murdered Clifton landscape architect Joanna Yeates.
The parents of the 25-year-old planted flowers at the garden near their Hampshire home during a ceremony yesterday.
Miss Yeates was killed by her neighbour Vincent Tabak in the flat she shared with her boyfriend Greg Reardon in December 2010.
The memorial garden was created in the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and Arboretum near the Yeates family home in Ampfield, Hampshire.
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It was designed by the Landscape Institute South East Branch as a celebration of Miss Yeates' life.
The garden was inspired by butterflies and wild flowers, because the landscape architect had designed a butterfly garden as a student.
The idea behind the garden was to make it somewhere in tune with Miss Yeates' likes and personality while being a space that could be enjoyed by anyone.
The ceremony at the garden, attended by David and Teresa Yeates, gave them the chance to be involved in planting flowers ahead of its official opening, which is due to be next month. Mrs Yeates told a Southampton newspaper that her daughter would have been surprised and impressed with the garden.
"It's unique, it's different and it's everything that Jo liked," she said.
"I think she is probably looking down at us now, watching what's going on."
Miss Yeates was reported missing from her home in Canynge Road by her boyfriend after he returned from a weekend away in Sheffield on December 19, 2010.
She had last been seen on December 17 after having drinks with colleagues after work at The Ram pub on Park Street.
Miss Yeates' snow-covered body was found by local dog-walkers on a verge in Longwood Lane, Failand on Christmas Day.
Her Dutch neighbour Tabak was arrested at a property in Aberdeen Road on January 20.
After a two and a half week trial Tabak was found guilty of Miss Yeates' murder and was jailed for life with a minimum of 20 years at Bristol Crown Court four weeks later.
Her parents, brother Chris, 28, and boyfriend Greg Reardon, 28, attended almost every day of evidence sitting in the front row of the public gallery.