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How the Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden plans to build accessible paths

Fundraising kicks off with high tea on June 16
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The Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden is fundraising to build accessible walkways around the popular local landmark.

The Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden is set to kick off its first event June 16 as part of a fundraising campaign to build accessible paths around the garden’s most popular areas such as the Cook Rhododendron Walk and the four native plant habitats. The goal is to raise $30,000 by the end of summer. 

Garden manager Mary Blockberger says she regrets that one of the garden’s most loyal volunteers who has multiple sclerosis can only enjoy the garden in a very limited way. “The most easily accessed route is along a service road, missing all the wonderful plant collections,” she said. “The new routes will be much safer and far more rewarding. The garden is quite level and so appeals to visitors of all abilities.” 

Sandra Cunningham, president of the garden’s board of directors shared, “The Garden is a Sunshine Coast treasure, intended for everyone of all ages and mobility to enjoy. It will take time to connect accessible paths through all the garden areas, but this first major upgrade is critical.” 

Heather Vince, the garden’s development officer, shares her enthusiasm for the path improvement project, “The Native Plant gardens are truly special and provide us all an opportunity to learn about what grows here on the Sunshine Coast. And learning aside, it’s just a beautiful and peaceful place to wander and ground yourself.”  And, Vince said that this accessibility project has already inspired generosity in the community: An anonymous donor has agreed to match donations up to a total of $5,000. “We are thrilled to kick off the campaign this way!” 

The first of the exciting events coming up to help fundraise is Tea at the Garden, a deluxe high tea on June 16. Tickets for Tea at the Garden are $110. A partial charitable tax receipt will be issued. 

For more information, contact development@coastbotanicalgarden.org or phone 604-740-3969. Details can also be found on the Garden’s Facebook event page: facebook.com/events/1673204823039897.