The Chills preform at the Dunedin Botanic Gardens on
Sunday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
More events such as the successful Chills concert on
Sunday could be scheduled for the Dunedin Botanic Garden.
Garden managers were generally happy with the way the garden
stood up to its biggest crowd so far, so much so they would
consider doing it again.
Botanic garden curator Alan Matchett said the estimated
3000-plus people who attended the hour-long concert at the
garden's bandstand on Sunday, were, by and large, respectful
of the garden and its plant-life.
A few patches of flattened grass were the only casualties
from the gentle stamping of many of feet.
It was the biggest crowd the garden had hosted for a short
concert and some measures, such as partitioning areas off,
were taken to try to mitigate any damage to grass or garden
beds. Afterwards, there was little to be concerned about, he
The only negative was a few people blocking pathways, and
some vandalism the previous night when portaloos were
overturned and roses pulled up. Having the event alcohol-free
had probably added to the generally positive result, he said.
The garden administration would consider all future event
requests but, with the right sort of event, there was
''probably no reason not to have something like this again''.
''Hopefully, people enjoyed it and appreciated the garden.''
Council marketing and communications manager Graham
McKerracher said the council, in conjunction with garden
management, was hoping to open up the garden to similar
''We were just dipping our toes in the water, and now we're
thinking about other things we can have there.''