Friends of the Albury Botanic Gardens founding member Gwen Klinberg made a life member

TWENTY OF THE BEST: Gwen Klinberg was made a life member of the Friends of the Albury Botanic Gardens in a surprise ceremony on Sunday. Pictures: JAMES WILTSHIRE

TWENTY OF THE BEST: Gwen Klinberg was made a life member of the Friends of the Albury Botanic Gardens in a surprise ceremony on Sunday. Pictures: JAMES WILTSHIRE

IT is estimated that Gwen Klinberg has cooked 12,000 sausages, 8000 hamburgers and 120 kilograms of onions while fundraising for the Friends of the Albury Botanic Gardens.

It was for these efforts that Mrs Klinberg, one of the group's founding members, was made a life member in a surprise ceremony on Sunday afternoon.

She was on hand to present Albury mayor Kevin Mack with an $85,000 cheque to go towards a treehouse in the children's garden when the presentation was made.

KICKING BACK: A large crowd was on hand for Music in the Gardens on Sunday, as Africa Entsha provided the entertainment.

KICKING BACK: A large crowd was on hand for Music in the Gardens on Sunday, as Africa Entsha provided the entertainment.

“I've always loved gardening, I think it was bred into me,” she said.

“My mother was a keen vegetable gardener.

“There's been some changes here over the years, but I think it’s one of the best botanical gardens in Australia.

“Adding things like the children's garden has been great, there's never a day without kids in there unless the gate is locked.

“That's what we want – kids out and about enjoying the fresh air and seeing things happen.”