Australian Botanic Gardens Open Day this Sunday

By Ashlea Witoslawski

The Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton will be a hive of activity this Sunday, for the annual open day event.

Celebrating the natural beauty of the local flora and fauna, visitors on the day will have the opportunity to take part in a number of activities and workshops.

The event will also include the launch of the Children’s Garden, with an opening ceremony at 11.15am.

City of Greater Shepparton Mayor Kim O’Keeffe and local garden designer Lou Costa will be on hand to cut the ribbon.

Visitors will have the chance to help water the gardens from a Furphy tank on Honeysuckle Rise with adult and child sized watering cans available.

A number of children’s activities including a treasure hunt, totem pole painting and leaf painting will take place.

A native animal display and a native bonsai display will be on show as well as a Squirrel Glider art and photo display, including an informative talk to learn more about saving this endangered species.

Tours of the gardens will take place and information will be shared on the local birds sighted at the gardens.

Guests can also enjoy a sausage sizzle and purchase some plants on the day.

Friends of the Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton president Jillian Grant is looking forward to the family friendly event.

‘‘We have lots of things happening,’’ she said.

The Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton annual Open Day is on Sunday at Botanic Gardens Ave, Kialla, from 10am to 3pm.