The Moama and Echuca Botanic Gardens is a developing community project, located at the Moama Recreation Reserve, Perricoota Road, Moama, adjacent to the Moama Echuca Adventure Playpark, with undercover picnic and BBQ facilities and toilets nearby.
The Gardens project was floated in 2003 as a community idea to enhance the Moama Recreation Reserve. Renowned landscape architect, Mr Chris Dance, employed by Murray Shire Council (managers of the land), planned a contemporary, water wise garden, expressive of the Riverina region, to be implemented in stages, as funding became available.
The first structure, completed in 2007, was the Nestle Boardwalk. Stage 1 of the Gardens was opened on 11 November 2011 by The Hon Sussan Ley MP, Member for Farrer. It includes a rain garden, rock seating walls, Indigenous plantings, gravel pathways and lawn areas.
Stage 2 is now under construction, with two mature Morton Bay Fig Trees having been planted, a magnificent arbour constructed and a well feature created by stone masons. Further plantings will follow with an opening ceremony for this stage planned later in 2014.
The Friends of Moama Echuca Botanic Gardens Inc are committed to continue to work with Murray Shire Council executive and outdoor staff to implement the designer's plan, stage by stage. The Committee meets on a regular basis to discuss works to achieve this goal, and volunteers gather every Monday morning to aid Council staff with garden maintenance. A "cuppa" and chat round off the mornings' activities. The enthusiastic group is always happy to welcome new members.