Friends of the Dunedin Botanic Garden tour guides founder
Annette Riley (left) and new co-ordinator Caroline Byrne
enjoy a stroll through the garden on an early spring day.
Photo by Brena Harwood.
The Friends of the Dunedin Botanic Garden group is
planning to train more volunteer guides ahead of the summer
cruise ship season.
The garden tour guide programme was established early this
year by group committee member Annette Riley, with 10 guides
initially trained to lead visitor tours of the lower garden.
Now, with the cruise ship season set to start in October,
plans are in place to expand the programme with extra guides.
Tours have been halted during the winter, but will start up
again in time to coincide with cruise ship visits.
New Friends of the Botanic Garden tour guide co-ordinator
Caroline Byrne is hoping the tours will prove attractive to
cruise ship passengers.
''Our aim is to help promote the garden as an attraction,''
Mrs Byrne said.
Garden guides could be of any age or background, and only
needed to have a general knowledge and enthusiasm for plants
and gardening, she said.
Training up the volunteer guides to lead the 45-minute tours
will take several weeks, so sessions will begin soon.
An introductory meeting for prospective tour guides will be
held at Opoho House (botanic garden offices), on Wednesday,
September 4, from 3pm to 4pm.
Opoho House is adjacent to the bus turnaround on Opoho Rd
(opposite the Gardens New World car park). For more
information, phone Caroline Byrne on 482-1344.