Gardens' future in focus

HAMILTON’S historic botanic gardens will come under the spotlight as a plan for their future management is drawn up.

Southern Grampians Shire Council is preparing a master plan to guide the site’s development over the next 10 years.

The gardens are regarded as one of Victoria’s most intact 19th-century botanic gardens.

They were designed by William Guilfoyle and include an impressive display of 19th-century trees, an ornamental lake and a caretaker’s cottage dating from the 1870s.

Guilfoyle’s original plan and an accompanying letter still exist and will be on display at the Hamilton Art Gallery from Monday to Friday next week.

Individuals and groups with a connection to the gardens and members of the public are invited to provide input into the master plan.

A community open day is planned with Andrew Laidlaw and Andrea Proctor  from consultants Laidlaw & Laidlaw Design next Friday, May 23 from noon to 4pm for people to outline their ideas.


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