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Teaching the teachers

A full-day Professional Development session at Melbourne Gardens yesterday was the perfect way for 200 teachers and administration staff from Trinity Grammar School to finish off the school year and farewell outgoing Principal Mr Tudor.

The Education team from Melbourne Gardens organised a great day of presentations from senior Gardens’ staff and a range of fun and thought-provoking outdoor tours and activities based around the theme of ‘Sustainability Education’.

The group was welcomed by Professor Tim Entwisle, Director and Chief Executive of the Royal Botanic Gardens, who described how he found himself immersed in botany and botanic gardens and shared his enthusiasm for the vital role of botanic gardens in society.

Professor Entwisle was followed by Professor David Cantrill, Chief Botanist and Acting Director at Cranbourne Gardens, who highlighted the important work of the National Herbarium of Victoria and Chris Cole, Director at Melbourne Gardens, who revealed some of the challenges involved in sustainable gardening in a changing climate.

A highlight of the day was the traditional welcome ceremony conducted by Trevor Gallagher, former Aboriginal Programs Officer at Melbourne Gardens.

The wide range of tours and activities encompassed diverse topics including indigenous culture (Connecting to Country), water management (Guilfoyle’s Volcano and Working Wetlands), children and nature (Landscapes for Learning), natural history (Behind the Scenes of the Herbarium), carbon sequestration (Carbon Futures), and Sustainable Gardening.

The Gardens’ Education team is now taking bookings for Professional Development sessions at Melbourne Gardens and Cranbourne Gardens in 2014. Please call the Melbourne team on (03) 9252 2358 or the Cranbourne team on (03) 5990 2200 for bookings and further information.