People from many countries and backgrounds attended the official launch of the Japanese Garden at Gladstone Botanic Gardens, yesterday.
People from many countries and backgrounds attended the official launch of the Japanese Garden at Gladstone Botanic Gardens, yesterday. Chrissy Harris

Japanese Garden opens to public

THE weather warmed up just in time for an afternoon in the garden with more than 150 people attending the official launch of the Japanese Garden at the Tondoon Botanic Gardens yesterday.

Laura Kane said she thought the Japanese Garden added a unique touch to the town.

“I think it’s very peaceful and very beautiful and a nice addition to the Botanical Gardens,” mum Gina said.

“It’s beautiful the way it’s evolved over the years,” Jo Davis said.

Gladstone Regional Council Deputy Mayor Gail Sellers said it was lovely to see so many community members turn up.

“It think it’s wonderful that the community has shown its support,” she said.

“The weather certainly came on board.”

The gardens were part of the Declaration of Friendship signed 14 years ago when forming the Sister City relationship with Saiki in Japan.

“Both cities are similar in a variety of ways, including climate, industry, area, population and a coastal location,” Sister City Advisory Committee president Wendy Marsh said.



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