Lara Hunt was happy to jump into a photograph with Dora the Explorer at the Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens Family Fun Day on October 6, 2013. Photo Contributed
Lara Hunt was happy to jump into a photograph with Dora the Explorer at the Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens Family Fun Day on October 6, 2013. Photo Contributed Contributed

Visitors at anniversary a testimony to gardens' popularity

ABOUT 1500 visitors joined the celebrations when the Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens held a Family Fun Day for its 25th birthday.

Gladstone Regional Council parks and recreation portfolio spokesperson Councillor Graham McDonald said the number of visitors on Sunday was testimony to the gardens' popularity.

"To have so many people help celebrate the 25 year milestone was great to see and there was plenty to keep them entertained on the day," Cr McDonald said.

"The laser skirmish was incredibly popular, with 400 children joining in the fun, and the face painting, jumping castle, rides and craft activities also kept the young ones entertained."

There was plenty on offer for adults too, with 50 participants joining television gardening personality Costa Georgiadis to create a vegetable garden, while many took in the arts and craft markets, food stalls, and a presentation from Professor Tim Entwisle of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne.

Cr McDonald said the Family Fun Day had successfully concluded six days of birthday celebrations.

"Regular and moonlight guided walk tours through the gardens were a feature of the week, as was the Friday night open air movie in the Gardens with about 200 viewing 'Tad the Lost Explorer' and enjoying barbecued food provided by the Kareeba Scout Group," he said.



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