A PROJECT three years in the making is finally in full bloom.
Sydney Technical High School, Bexley, opened its memorial garden on November 9.
Dedicated to ex-student Matthew Goodall, the garden was created by the school to honour the life of one of their best.
Matthew, who graduated 15 years ago, was killed in a helicopter crash while on duty in Indonesia.
He was on deployment in 2005 with the Royal Australian Navy Defence Force.
The school's environment team, student representative council and P&C raised $30,000 for the project.
Matthew's former teacher Julie Carrington said the garden was a significant site for the school.
"It's a very peaceful place, surrounded by different coloured greens, gardenia, swamp lilies and two memorial plaques," she said.
"It took a while, but it's all done."
Trevor Ashley, also a former student of the school, sang to mark the garden's completion.