Dunedin Botanic Garden team leader Alan Matchett takes a
stroll around the new propagation buildings that are
nearing completion. Photo by Dan Hutchinson.
As work nears completion on a $6 million redevelopment of
the Dunedin Botanic Garden propagation buildings and
glasshouses, attention is turning to shifting thousands of rare
plants and seeds.
The new development is on target to be completed by October
and garden team leader Alan Matchett said all attention would
then turn to the big move.
He said the new facilities would be thoroughly tested before
being entrusted with the many plants housed by the old
buildings across Lovelock Ave - a biological library of
specimens from around the world.
Mr Matchett said the shift could take two months and might
not be complete until after Christmas.
''It will be a big job ... we will test all equipment to make
sure it is working because we have got to get it right.''
Once the move was complete the old glasshouses would be
demolished and they could start looking at the next stage of
development, including more gardens, public toilets, an
information area and lecture theatre.
Mr Matchett said the project had been in the planning stage
since 2006, so it was great to get the first part under way.
The new development made much better use of space, should be
more energy-efficient and was better designed to cater for
larger trees and different climates.
It would also be able to host tour groups and groups of
''We will have a facility now that we can actually bring
people through with no health and safety issues and we hope
to do more teaching.''
The new development also has large rain-collection tanks to
offset water usage and a modern wood chip boiler.
Open days would be held in the New Year for members of the
public to see what had been built, he said.