Every botanic garden has a core objective to provide education. A priority for SHBG is to provide education for the protection of, and research into, regional cool climate flora. But it is more than that.
Our next major project is to build an education centre, a smallish building near the existing shed and other structures, that will play a major part in delivering educational opportunities to special interest and school groups.
The education centre will accommodate up to 50 people and will be fitted with solar panels and the latest audio-visual equipment to enhance all educational presentations.
Apart from schools, we see one of the popular users of this education centre as the many local garden clubs. We would welcome these like-minded and passionate gardeners to use our facilities for their meetings, demonstrations, seminars and other activities.
Schools already come to the garden for educational activities and we intend to expand our relationship with schools so that children can learn about a myriad of subjects that include mathematics (yes, mathematics, such as how to calculate the rainfall needed to water the 15 hectare garden site), botany, art, drawing, photography, prose, science, environmental issues, and the list goes on.
We will be able to deliver information and education sessions for the public on environmental and socially responsible issues that we are close to, such as how to protect endangered and threatened flora and how to use water saving techniques in the home garden.
We are very excited about this development. All we need now is the money and we intend to launch a funding campaign early in 2019.