Garden of the Future – excellent event in Murchison

It was great to see the plans and hear the progress about the Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton from Councillor Jenny Houlihan at this event on Sunday 26th August, jointly arranged by Murchison Garden Group and Murchison Historical Society.
Jenny is the Chairperson of the Committee set up to oversee the development of the Botanic Gardens at the Kialla Landfill Site. The design of the gardens reflects the characteristics of our region and so is unique and quite impressive.
Progress is gathering momentum and soon the gardens will be open to the public on weekends. Early plantings are establishing and there is a great view across the landscape from the Lookout towards the natural bush-land backdrop by the Goulburn River, and to the south you can see the Strathbogie Ranges.
Friends of the Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton (FABGS) was officially launched in April this year and members of the Friends group actively participate doing tasks such as planting, weeding and mulching at working bees fortnightly on Sundays 10 am – 12 noon. Check out their website fabgs.edulogs.org. They produce an informative Newsletter to help anyone interested keep up to date with progress.
The Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton will be a great asset to the Region and a big draw card for visitors – to quote the FABGS Newsletter – “ ..a new generation botanical experience’’.
There were lots of give-aways and prizes at the Garden of the Future event; donations by Bunnings Shepparton, Colour Glo Nursery Rosedale, Riverside Gardens (Emeraldbank), Rushworth Florist & Garden Centre, Shepparton Garden Centre, and Tatura Nursery (Vibert’s). It was pleasing to have such great support from local businesses.
Other organisations had joined in to provide interest and variety to the day and an opportunity to promote their activities. Society for Growing Australian Plants had a display of some outstanding native blooms, and Murchison Neighbourhood House, Historical Society, Garden Group, Colour Glo Nursery, Landcare, GVCommunity Energy, and Tatura Tree Group all had promotional material and products available.
Lots of comments from those attending indicated the afternoon was both informative and most enjoyable, and as usual afternoon tea was of a high standard and greatly appreciated!!

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