Gardens may host more concerts

The Chills preform at the Dunedin Botanic Gardens on Sunday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
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 said.

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 events.

''We were just dipping our toes in the water, and now we're thinking about other things we can have there.''

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