Garden for big kids, and little ones

FLAMBOYANT Gardening Australia host Costa Georgiadis yesterday described the Albury Botanic Gardens’ new children’s area as “having real soul”.

The ABC television personality made the comment as he joined primary school pupils and preschoolers at the official opening of the long-awaited garden which he described as “a triumph in education and storytelling”.

“This garden is at the cutting edge of environmental education,” Mr Georgiadis said.

“It is a great example of passion and patience in putting together a community project.”

His enthusiasm was echoed by garden curator Paul Scannell, who described efforts to raise money for the garden as “phenomenal”.

“There are plans in the works for a tree-house and an amphitheatre to go into the garden.” Mr Scannell said.

“For now though, we just want to enjoy our new garden.”

The garden includes a troll hut, constructed in part from a 400-year-old gum tree trunk, a fairy castle hideaway and a giant dinosaur, as well as several interactive components to teach youngsters about sustainable farming and growing.

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