Australian Botanical Gardens Open Day success

By Shepparton News

The weather put on a show for the Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton annual open day event yesterday, bringing visitors from far and wide.

A hive of activities included the launch of the Children’s Garden, a treasure hunt, totem-pole painting and leaf painting.

Friends of the Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton president Jillian Grant said the event fell under the hat of the Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand association.

‘‘Most gardens are open every day, including this one, but we host an open day and make it a feature for the last Sunday in autumn,’’ Ms Grant said.

A native animal and bonsai display took place along side a squirrel glider art and photo display at the entrance to the gardens before visitors set off on tours full of information about local birds sighted at the gardens.

Guests enjoyed a sausage sizzle and the crunch of fresh apples, while viewing the development that continues to grow on the former Kialla Tip site.

‘‘Without plants there is no life,’’ Ms Grant said.

Helping to leave an environmental footprint visitors helped water the gardens from a Furphy tank on Honeysuckle Rise before the event concluded for another year.