Branch Out

Experiences in the Gardens for the over 60s

Connecting with nature can have a powerful impact on health and wellbeing. The programs in Branch Out give you the chance to experience the incredible Melbourne and Cranbourne Gardens, along with special access to some of the country’s finest horticulturalists and plant researchers.

Branch Out has been made possible thanks to Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria’s partnership with Regis Aged Care. As well as Branch Out’s full calendar of public programs, the Gardens is now able to offer incursions and excursions for Regis residents, to help foster deeper connections with nature across our community. Between guided walks, mindfulness exercises, exquisite music, and even an exploration of gin botanicals, there's sure to be something to your taste in Branch Out. 


Pleasure Garden
Hear from world-renowned recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey.


Talking Trees (Fully Booked)
Find out more about eucalypts with two of Cranbourne Gardens' horticulturists.

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Bush Food Experience
Awaken your senses through the delights of bush foods on a walk with an Aboriginal guide, followed by delicious tastings. 

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Harp Meditations
Chill out to the transcendental sounds of live harp, performed by musician and composer Michael Johnson.

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Paper Landscapes
Internationally acclaimed artist, Ray Besserdin transforms paper into three-dimensional sculptured works that explore his fascination with nature and the Gardens.

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Talking Trees
Wander into Melbourne Gardens with Manager of Arboriculture, Will Jones, to see the intricate branching structures of trees in winter.

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Hidden Herbarium
Venture inside the National Herbarium of Victoria with Pina Milne, Manager of Collections.

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Sit beneath the trees, fade into the grounds of Cranbourne Gardens and imagine your body returning to nurture the earth with this evocative audio work.

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Forest Therapy
Immerse your senses in nature with this calming wellbeing practice. 


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Celebrate Victorian Seniors Festival
(see below)

Wildflower Wander
See beautiful wildflowers in bloom, learn about where they grow beyond the Gardens and collect tips on how to care for them at home.

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Herb Your Enthusiasm
Take a tour of the tantalising Herb Garden with Horticulturist and collection curator Renée Wierzbicki.

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The Botanist and the Distiller
Learn about Australia’s gin as you journey through Melbourne Gardens at dusk and dive into the world of this famous spirit.

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Book online via the event page for your preferred programs, or contact one of the Visitor Centres. 

For events at Melbourne Gardens call 9252 2429
For events at Cranbourne Gardens call 5990 2200

Win a double pass to Celebrate Victorian Seniors Festival!

An exciting program will soon be announced as part of the Victorian Seniors Festival. For your chance to win a double pass to this mystery program, sign up to the Gardens eNews by emailing Make sure to put ‘Branch Out’ in the subject line and include your full name in the body of the email. Entries must be received before Fri 20 Sep. Find out the Terms & Conditions here