Gala day celebrates garden's 150 years

The George Street Normal School kapa haka and Pasifika performance group gets into the swing of...
The George Street Normal School kapa haka and Pasifika performance group gets into the swing of the gala day yesterday, watched by a large crowd at the Dunedin Botanic Garden. Photos by Craig Baxter.

Spring was in the air at the Dunedin Botanic Garden yesterday.

A crowd of more than 300 people enjoyed balmy conditions at a family gala day to celebrate spring.

The day started with the annual rhododendron day plant sale in the upper garden car park, before a showcase of local talent in the bandstand.

The crowd covered the lower garden lawn for the afternoon of entertainment, which included performances by the Dunedin Harmony Chorus, Sounds Nor-easterly Choir, Logan Park Jazz Band, Jack Frost Morris Dancers, Uni Ukes ukulele group and a Middle Eastern drum and dance show by The Unfortunate Repercussions.

There was also a treasure hunt and musical puppet show for budding botanists.

The gala day was part of the garden's 150th anniversary celebrations.

- nigel.benson@odt.co.nz

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