The Robert Clark Conservatory may be closed, and the Begonia Display gone, but Ballarat is about to witness another blooming autumn.
The City of Ballart’s Parks and Gardens team has begun the task of replanting more than 30 garden beds in the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, as well as the Victoria and Sturt Street boulevard entrances.
As a tribute to all Mums, the gardens team will be installing a chrysanthemum display in the north and south windows of the Conservatory. Whilst the conservatory remains closed to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions, passers-by will be able to see the display through the windows while observing social distancing.
The City’s gardening team has also been busy installing steel edging on some of the many annual beds in the Botanical Gardens to preserve the precision-like aesthetics of the displays.
“Some of our beds have been in the same location for over 100 years and over that time have become bigger and, in some cases, out of alignment,” Peter Marquand, Curator Parks and Nursery explains.
The steel edging will not only make maintenance easier for the gardening crew but will allow more consistent widths and spacing of the garden beds, creating an even greater floral spectacle.
“We’re really lucky to have such a talented horticultural team who consistently create and maintain the gardens to such a high standard, Cr Daniel Moloney, Chair of the Lake and Gardens Committee said.
“For more than 150 years, the Ballarat Botanical Gardens have provided a touch of colour to brighten our days, and this will be remembered as a point in history when more than ever we needed the lake and gardens to boost spirits.
“For several weeks, many of us have only spoken to our mums over the phone, or seen them via video chats, so this tribute to local mothers comes at an important time,” Cr Moloney said.