Bendigo’s newly appointed Botanic Gardens curator has a vision.
“I want it to be a social hub, to connect people to the place and the surrounding areas,” Brad Creme said.
“It’s connection as well as cultivation, conservation and recreation, the whole business of being a garden.”
Mr Creme is a horticultural technician (a “fancy word for gardener”) graduate of Burnley College, now part of the University of Melbourne.
He has worked for eight years at the Cranbourne Royal Botanic Gardens, part of the team creating the new Australian Garden, which opened last month.
“It’s perfect timing,” he said of his appointment to the curator’s position.
“There are a lot of similarities in Bendigo with what we did in Cranbourne, to create a large-scale contemporary garden.”
Mr Creme’s appointment is a key part of the implementation of the Bendigo Botanic Gardens Master Plan, which was adopted by Greater Bendigo council in early 2010.
He said the plan will be “critical” to the gardens’ redevelopment.
“I’d love to see it realised,” Mr Creme said.
“There will be challenges, like funding and technical issues, and gardens can stray from master plans, but this is a really good plan, with vision and an integrated approach.”
Friends of Bendigo Botanic Gardens president Jane Cleary said their group is looking forward to the curator’s arrival.
“He’s already been involved in the development of a garden at Cranbourne, so he’s seen all that,” Mrs Cleary said.
“All this new work on the paths and taking out dangerous or dead trees and replacing them with others has paved the way for his arrival.”Mr Creme will take up his role in mid-November.