Turf is laid as new garden nears completion

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The new $4.6 million Garden for the Future at Bendigo Botanic Gardens White Hills is nearing completion with the laying of over 4,700 square metres of turf lawn.

The new turf along with the planting of over 30,000 trees and shrubs is finally bringing the garden to life.

The garden features over 40 small picnic lawns and a large fun and fantasy lawn which also doubles as an event space. Several varieties of commercially available exotic and native turf suited to Bendigo’s climate is currently being planted as part of the new garden’s contemporary plant displays. The new lawns will be suitable for picnicking and lounging around on as well as serving an educational purpose.

The new garden will be officially opened by Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke at a free community event featuring local bands, food trucks, displays, tours and kids activities from 10am to 2pm Sunday April 22, 2018.

The community opening event aims to showcase the types of events that will be able to take place at the new garden.

The Garden for the Future is the biggest change to occur at the Bendigo Botanic Gardens White Hills since it was established in 1857 and will provide an exceptional backdrop for outdoor events, informal recreation activities, gatherings, picnics, educational programs and horticultural research and high quality cultural, recreational and educational experiences.

The new garden also features a new outreach shelter complete with toilet facilities. The outreach shelter is the social hub of the garden able to cater to a range of events from musical and theatrical performances through to moonlight cinemas. The shelter can also be used as an outdoor classroom space to learn about horticulture and sustainability.

The new garden also features a grassed amphitheatre for outdoor performances and a number of semi-intimate gathering spaces for functions, as well as a promenade that can be used for markets and other events.

The $4.6M stage one of the project is funded by a $3.56 million contribution from the City of Greater Bendigo, $1M from the State Government, $20,000 from the Friends of Bendigo Botanic Gardens and $20,000 from the Bendigo Northern District Community Enterprise.

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