Families across Victoria will be able to enjoy upgraded botanic gardens with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to deliver a $5 million boost to ensure they have the facilities they need.

The funding will mean gardens, picnic facilities, trails and nature play areas can be upgraded to ensure the gardens can cater to both visitors and local communities.

The centrepiece of the upgrade package will be $1 million towards a re-creation of the ‘the Australian Garden’ exhibit, which was the first and only Australian garden exhibit to win the Best in Show Gold Medal at the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show in London in 2013.

Incredibly, this victory is the only time in the show’s more than 100-year history that the judges reached a unanimous decision for the Best in Show Gold Medal

The construction of the garden at the event took a team of 18 volunteers 17 days to build and featured a stone gorge, running waterfalls and a billabong.

Fittingly, the garden will be located at Victoria’s newest botanic gardens, the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden, to honour the work of designer Phillip Johnson and horticulturist Wes Fleming, who are local residents.

Philanthropic support will also be provided to make the project a reality.

The rest of the botanic gardens funding package will be allocated to various botanic gardens across the state via matched $300,000 grants. Funding will only be provided to organisations that have not-for-profit objectives.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio

“Upgrading botanic gardens right across the state means Victorians of all ages will be able to enjoy these wonderful community assets.”

“These gardens are the living heart of Victoria and we’re making sure they thrive for future generations.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino

“Winning this best in show gold medal was an extraordinary achievement on the world stage. This will give everyone the opportunity to see the work of these highly talented and skilled individuals.”

“Now, we will have a permanent display so both local residents and visitors to the Dandenong Ranges can enjoy this wonderful garden.”

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