Bendigo gets green fingered gift

THE former presenter of ABC’s Gardening Australia, Stephen Ryan, will present the Friends of the Bendigo Botanic Gardens with a personal voice amplifier.

The gift has been donated by the Australian branch of the International Dendrology Society, which promotes the study of trees, after the group held their annual meeting here last November.

Branch vice-president Brian Myers said the group had a "wonderful time" in Bendigo and wanted to give something back.

“We were very impressed with Bendigo,” he said.

“It was our biggest tour ever with 52 people. We held an auction of tree seedlings to raise money and we are very lucky to have such a high profile member as Stephen Ryan to give the presentation.”

The gift will be shared with the Bendigo Field Naturalists and the Bendigo Native Plant Group for conducting public tours of the gardens. 

The official presentation will take place on Tuesday.

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