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City of Ballarat Community Magazine July 2011
A Friend to All
The Friends of the Gardens have worked hard to raise $30,000 for an important
restoration project at Ballarat Botanical Gardens.
Work is being done on three structures: the McDonald Gateway, eight column
pergola and stone column pergola.
Preliminar y works were completed in August and included cleaning down,
repairing and treatment of timber rails.
In September, the primar y work will be undertaken, involving the cleaning
down and repair of rendered surfaces.
All three structures are believed to have been originally erected in the
1920s. Their conservation is of vital importance in maintaining the historical
significance of the Gardens.
City of Ballarat Councillor Samantha McIntosh said it was impressive to see
the Friends of the Gardens make such a large financial contribution to the
“Raising such a large sum of money just goes to show how incredibly dedicated
this volunteer group is to the Gardens”.
“We are very fortunate to have groups like the Friends of the Gardens in Ballarat
who put in so much hard work to making our city a beautiful place to live”.
The majority of the $30,000 was raised through the sale of plants at $5 a pot.
Other work by the Friends of the Gardens includes developing education
programs, undertaking research and hosting tours of the Gardens.
Ballarat Gardens in Spring
October 28 to November 1, 2011
The fourth annual Gardens in Spring, organised by the Friends of the Ballarat
Botanical Gardens, offers an exciting array of activities for all garden lovers,
both experienced and just starting out.
The theme this year focuses on future generations - ensuring they have
the opportunity to experience gardening and all its pleasures by acquiring
knowledge, participating, and growing a love of nature.
Celebrating Children’s Week, the Great Big Gardens Play Day encourages
young people to discover nature and enjoy outdoor play. Families, playgroups,
preschools and early primar y school students are invited to create a cubby,
search for minibeasts and make a mudpie at the Ballarat Botanical Gardens,
10am to 3pm, Wednesday, 26 October. Registration is essential. For information,
The popular Speakers Luncheon will be held at the Robert Clark Centre,
Ballarat Botanical Gardens, on Friday, 28 October. Keynote guests include
Lisa Stafford, Stuart Rattle and Kevin Walsh. Tickets are limited and bookings
The open gardens event features eight beautiful and diverse private gardens
in Ballarat and surrounds (Smythesdale, Scotsburn and Navigators).
An exciting addition to the event listings are the gardens of three local schools.
Wendouree Primary School will showcase its Stephanie Alexander Program
and kitchen garden. Tying in with its centenar y celebrations and annual fete
day, St Columba’s Primary School will open its gardens and Caledonian
Primary School will highlight its permaculture/sustainability project with
several related workshop activities.
For enquiries, brochures and bookings, phone 0407 324 466.
FRIeNDS OF The BOTANICAL GARDeNS
There are around 200 members of the Friends of the
The group was founded in 1982 and became incorporated
The Friends’ major fundraiser is the sale of $5 pot plants.
Around 20,000 pot plants are sold each year
Sub-groups of the Friends of the Gardens include ‘Growing
Friends’ (looking after plants in the nursery) and ‘Guiding
Friends’ (leading tours of the Gardens) as well as a group
responsible for researching and labelling plants and trees
within the gardens and one for collecting history on the
The History sub-group is currently compiling a book on
the history of the gardens
Below: Cr Samantha McIntosh and Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens
President Elizabeth Gilfillan inspect works at the McDonald Gateway.
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