Albury Botanic Gardens
When Albury Mayor, Alderman William Jones opened the city's Botanic Gardens with the planting of an English elm tree in 1887, he created an icon that has stood the test of time, and now for over 130 years, the Albury Botanic Gardens has graced the western end of Albury's central business district.
The gardens are extremely popular with horticultural enthusiasts and garden lovers, many travelling from around the country to explore the 1,000 plus native and exotic plant species. School children also take advantage of this botanical delight to learn about plants and the local environment.
The gardens currently attract around 300,000 people a year. With the assistance of the Friends of the Botanic Gardens, AlburyCity is implementing a range of improvements to not only keep people visiting, but also engage a whole new audience. The recent addition of a Children's Garden aimed at stimulating the senses through imagination, observation and play has proved to be very popular, with the play space offering trails to explore and a wonderful array of items for children to discover.
From a conservation point of view, work continues on regeneration and replacement of species that have reached the end of their lifespan, in particular the elm trees in Elm Avenue.