Public Cooling House Talks

Public Cooling House takes big questions surrounding our ‘water future’ and turns them into an experience of serenity. Expand your cooling experience with a series of free talks presented by experts from the Gardens.

Saturday 23 February, 12.30pm 

Gardens for Wildlife: Lessons from the Bushland
With Ricardo Simao, Manager of Environmental Systems

Surrounding the Australian Garden at Cranbourne Gardens is a unique piece of paradise in a rapidly urbanising Melbourne. Ricardo Simao, Manager of Environmental Systems and his team monitor the plants, birds and animals that call this remnant bushland home. Hear from Ricardo about the challenges of caring for delicate ecosystems, and get some tips on how your garden can help our native species thrive. Afterwards, you’re invited to venture into a nearby wetland with Ricardo. Sturdy shoes and long pants are a must for the wetland walk in case we encounter any of our beautiful reptiles. But don’t worry - Ricardo is  trained in snake handling and passionate about helping us understand, rather than fear, our resident reptiles.
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Saturday 23 February, 2pm

Raising Rarity 
With Dr Meg Hirst, Researcher

Get a taste of the incredible that take place in the National Herbarium of Victoria. Join researcher Dr Meg Hirst from the Victorian Conservation Seed Bank and hear about her work helping our rare and threatened flora survive in rising temperatures. Then follow her into the Research Garden to see her experiments in action. Plus she’ll send you home with a rare Victorian plant seed. You can help contribute to the survival of threatened plant species.
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Sunday 24 February, 12.30pm & 2pm

Conservation through Cultivation
With John Arnott, Manager of Horticulture, Cranbourne Gardens

Australia’s most threatened and precious native plants need our help if they are to survive current and future environmental challenges. Join Cranbourne Gardens’ Manager of Horticulture, John Arnott, to hear about the work Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria does beyond the garden gate supporting our fellow botanic gardens and gardening community to Care for the Rare. Following the talk, John will take the audience through the Gondwana and Forest Gardens to share some of his favourite examples of cultivation success stories in the Australian Garden.
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Monday 25 February, 12.30pm

Greening the City
With Chris Russell, Executive Director Cranbourne Gardens

Hear from Chris Russell, Executive Director of Cranbourne Gardens, as he shares his passion for urban greening. Hear about how plants are essential for cooling our cities, the role Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria plays in advocating for greener neighbourhoods and how you can make a difference in your own back yard.
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Monday 25 February, 2pm

Climate Justice: Water is Life
With Jakobi, Aboriginal Programs Facilitator

Aboriginal Programs Facilitator Jakobi, joins youth volunteers from Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network and the Australian Youth Climate Coalition to discuss the sacred entity of water, land and climate. Through connection and understanding, the use of collective activism and strategic campaigns, come along and learn how Indigenous and non-indigenous youth are fighting for culture, country and a safe climate.
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Meet at the Visitor Centre
Cranbourne Gardens


Talks FREE – Book now

Cooling Ritual session $10

Bookings / Enquiries

Call the Visitor Centre on 5900 2200 to book.
Bookings required, cancellation and refund policy applies