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Dozens of people queued from early in the morning for what proved to be a record-breaking Friends of the Dunedin Botanic Garden plant sale.
Friends president Sue Lambie said the sale was the organisation’s most successful.
"We raised $9500 for projects in the botanic gardens, which is amazing in just three hours."
As well as providing extra funds to maintain the botanic garden in all its splendour, the sale also gave home gardeners the chance to buy splashes of colour and native plants for their own gardens.
"They were all at reasonable prices, which I think is why the sale was so popular," Ms Lambie said.
The sale was a success despite a "petty theft" before the sale, she said.
On Thursday last week, the large banner advertising the plant sale was removed from the fence at the main entrance to the botanic garden.
It was padlocked on and the padlocks remained on the fence.
The banner was professionally made and police had been notified, she said.