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The Friends of Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens reap further funding



The Friends of Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens are delighted with news that they have secured further funding following a State Government announcement this weekend that additional funds for their projects would be forthcoming from the Regional Growth, Environment and Tourism Fund In February this year the Friends were also the recipients of $660,000 from the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages, South Coast Fund making a contribution towards their Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre Redevelopment. Last August also saw the announcement of the gardens being recipients of the Coalition Government’s Building Better Regions Fund with Ann Sudmalis, Federal Member for Gilmore announcing that the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre redevelopment project would receive $460,000 in funding while the Eurobodalla Council received from the same Fund $100,000 to fund a Nature Based Tourism Feasibility & MOU with State Government Agencies to identify development projects and marketing opportunities to maximise opportunities for nature based tourism and recreation activities in the Eurobodalla Shire. The Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens (ERBG) Visitor Centre Redevelopment Project will see: - the construction of a purpose built facility for 13,500 plant specimens in the heritage listed Wallace Herbarium in ERBG's plant science precinct; - a cafe with 100 seat capacity; - a multi-purpose community space able to accommodate 100 people for workshops, functions, exhibitions and meetings and large retail space. The Annual Giant Plant Sale & Easter Fair was a great success. The plants the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens sell are produced with the help of their Gardens volunteers. They are propagated from seeds and cuttings sourced from collecting trips throughout the region and from within the botanic gardens own collection, then grown and hardened off right here at the Gardens. Their plant sales list contains over 200 species, many of which are available all year round. Because they are propagating for a botanical collection sometimes they have a surplus of some very unusual plants and it is always worth popping in to see what is available over the course of the year. The Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens are also licensed to grow and sell some of our regions threatened species with plants ending up in many different places, in domestic gardens, farms, public spaces and even large scale landscape rehabilitation projects throughout the region and we are proud to be able to play a role in caring for our environment. Their Annual Giant Plant Sale & Easter Fair Our annual Giant Plant Sale & Easter Fair held each year on Easter Saturday is a very popular event not to be missed. As discovered this weekend not only can you pick up some amazing plant bargains but you can also get some great gardening advice and landscape tips from some of their experts. All proceeds from plant sales go back into developing and maintaining the Botanic Garden. For more information on the gardens visit http://www.erbg.org.au

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