Gonzales Garden Club members recently joined with city, fire and police employees and Police Chief Sherman Jackson and his family and friends to plant a memorial orchard in honor of Jackson’s late father, Robert Jackson.

The city, Police Department and Fire Department wanted to memorialize Robert Jackson after his death earlier this year, city public information officer Charlotte Guedry said in a news release.

A plan was developed to plant trees on property owned by the police chief, accompanied by an inscribed memorial marble bench.

The Gonzales Garden Club directed the planting of two oak trees and a pecan tree. The bench was placed near the trees so the Jackson family could sit and watch as the trees grow, Guedry said.

Those in attendance formed a circle as words were spoken in honor of Robert Jackson and Sherman Jackson.

“I cannot thank all who contributed to making this beautiful orchard possible,” Sherman Jackson said.

“Also, my heart is full that the Gonzales Garden Club wanted to be part of what was such a monumental and precious moment for my family and me.”