Work on the Garden for the Future.

The new $4.6 million Garden for the Future at Bendigo Botanic Gardens White Hills is nearing completion with the laying of more than 4700 square metres of turf lawn.

The new turf, along with the planting of more than 30,000 trees and shrubs, is finally bringing the garden to life.

The garden features more than 40 small picnic lawns and a large fun and fantasy lawn which also doubles as an event space.

Several varieties of commercially available exotic and native turf suited to Bendigo’s climate is being planted.

The new lawns will be suitable for picnicking and lounging around on as well as serving an educational purpose.

The new garden will be officially opened by mayor Margaret O’Rourke at a free community event from 10am to 2pm on Sunday, April 22.

The community opening event aims to showcase the types of events that will be able to take place at the new garden.

The Garden for the Future is the biggest change to occur at the Bendigo Botanic Gardens since it was established in 1857 and will provide an exceptional backdrop for outdoor events.

The $4.6 million stage one of the project is funded by a $3.56m contribution from the City of Greater Bendigo, $1m from the state government, $20,000 from the Friends of Bendigo Botanic Gardens and $20,000 from the Bendigo Northern District Community Enterprise.