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Free tours for National Science Week

The Gardens is proud to present a range of FREE guided walks and tours with our experts as part of celebrations for National Science Week (16 – 24 August).

Tours are free but places are extremely limited. Contact the Visitor Centre at Melbourne Gardens on 03 9252 2429 or Cranbourne Gardens on 03 5990 2200 to reserve your place today.

The Secret of the Eucalypt 
Join expert staff at both Melbourne and Cranbourne Gardens for an informal walk and discover the secret life of Eucalypts and the science behind our most iconic of trees.
Melbourne Gardens: Saturday 16 August; Cranbourne Gardens: Saturday 23 August

Greening the Gardens
Join Landscape Architect, Andrew Laidlaw, on a tour of the Melbourne Gardens' vibrant, diverse and healthy wetland. Learn how the Gardens has reduced the reliance on potable water while maintaining high-quality landscapes and water bodies.
Melbourne Gardens: Saturday 23 August

Bushland Biodiversity – in our Gardens
Join Professor Tim Entwisle, Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, on an informal walk as he explores the biodiversity present in our Gardens and demonstrates how records of seasonal change can help us tune into the amazing biodiversity present in urban Melbourne. Tours at both Melbourne and Cranbourne Gardens will provide visitors with a seasonal tool for recording change in their own neighbourhoods.
Melbourne Gardens: Saturday 16 August & Cranbourne Gardens: Saturday 16 August 

Conserving rare and threatened species
Explore the Rare and Threatened species being conserved by the Royal Botanic Gardens with Neville Walsh, Senior Conservation Botanist, and Liz James, Conservation Geneticist. Neville and Liz will lead an informal walk where you can see some of Victoria’s Rare and Threatened plants in cultivation, and learn about the efforts being made to ensure their survival in the wild.
Melbourne Gardens: Sunday 24 August

Hidden treasures of the Herbarium
A unique opportunity to enter the National Herbarium of Victoria and view first-hand the specimens used by botanists for their scientific research. Collections Manager, Dr Pina Milne will also highlight the work of staff and volunteers in the curation of specimens, thus making them accessible.
Melbourne Gardens: Sunday 17 August

Mistletoes with Peter Rogers and Nutty about Nuytsias with Warren Worboys
The Cranbourne Friends celebrate National Science Week with a fascinating session on some of Australia’s most attractive and important parasitic plants including Nuytsia floribunda, the Western Australian Christmas Tree.
Cranbourne: Sunday 24 August