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.
“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.”