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Digital Garden Experiences

Digital garden experience

Digital Garden Experiences

Digital Garden Experiences for learning at home 

Whilst we are currently unable to deliver excursions at our gardens, our Education Team is still here to support your teaching and your students’  learning across Term 3 and 4. We have developed a range of Digital Garden Experiences based upon our most popular learning programs and designed for learning at home. There  is  no cost  for these experiences.

Each Digital Garden Experience includes

  • A digital session with a Gardens Educator  
  • A range of curated resources for students to explore
  • A student challenge that can be completed at home
  • For Early Childhood, a focus on hands-on learning through play

Find a Digital Garden Experience from the list below and click on the link to find out more about the program. 

Indigenous Experiences 

Science Experiences 

Health and Wellbeing Experiences 

Nature Play Experiences  

STEM Experiences

Sustainability Experiences 

Got something else in mind? 

We understand that every classroom is unique, and that teachers will be taking different approaches to delivering learning experiences in Term 2. We are happy to be as flexible as possible in accommodating your needs this term so please get in touch if you would like to discuss how we might be able to bring a Digital Gardens Experience to your online classroom.

Web Conference Guidelines

To ensure the privacy and security of students and staff during our web conferences, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria will:

  • Limit the capacity of each web conference to one school per web conference
  • Send a private web conference link to only the organising teacher to share with participants
  • Enable a password and waiting room for all web conferences
  • Ask participants to display their first name and school (i.e. Simon, Melbourne Secondary College) to enter the web conference from the waiting room
  • Not record any web conferences  
  • Reserve the right to remove any participant from the web conference at any time
  • Adhere to the RBGV privacy policy at all times

Science


Conservation

Conservation

Victoria's flora and fungi are under increasing threat from climate change, environmental weeds, agriculture, forest clearance and urbanisation. Climate change will especially impact on plants restricted to the coldest environments on mountain summits, which are likely to lose their only suitable habitat. At Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, studies of taxonomy, distribution, population genetics, propagation, translocation and seed banking all contribute to the conservation of Victoria’s and Australia's plants and fungi.

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Protecting our rare and threatened species

Protecting our rare and threatened species

In Victoria, there are nearly 700 native species of threatened plants (among the approximately 3,200 species recorded from the state) along with many others that are rare. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria plays a leading role in programs to conserve these endangered species in order to stabilise or increase populations in their natural habitat. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is particularly involved in the conservation of native terrestrial orchids. Victoria is a 'hotspot' for orchid diversity, with 23 per cent of Australia's orchid species occurring in just 3 per cent of the land area. Most of the native orchid species found in Victoria are terrestrial, and at least a third occur nowhere else. 

Horticulture


Plant Collections

Plant Collections

Botanic gardens throughout the world play a significant role in helping scientists and the public understand the evolution and history of plants, their present day uses as well as what the future may hold for plants in natural environments. Across our two locations at Melbourne and Cranbourne, our experienced horticulture teams manage 45 plant collections as well as a significant area of precious bushland at Cranbourne Gardens. All of our collections feature plant labels which show each plant's scientific name comprised of a genus and species.

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Home gardening

Home gardening

How we garden in botanic gardens, how you garden at home and how we all garden as a community has big impacts on the biodiversity and sustainability of urban Australia. The Australian Garden at Cranbourne is designed to showcase how native plants can make a spectacular and waterwise home garden. There is an Australian plant suitable for virtually any situation in your garden, from tall trees to ground covers, aquatic plants to those growing in low light or in full sun. Australian plants attract native birds and butterflies, and brighten up your garden with wonderful seasonal colour. Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria to find inspiration and great tips for using Australian native plants at home.

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Support


Help the Gardens grow

Help the Gardens grow

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria has a special place in the hearts and minds of all Victorians. The Gardens has played an important role in the cultural development of Melbourne and can continue to flourish with the help of passionate individuals. There are many ways to get involved with the Gardens and we value any level of support, whether you are a friend or a donor, a member of our Director’s Circle or one of our volunteers. There are also ways to honour those you love by dedicating a tree or a bench within the Garden of your choice. 

Support the Gardens


Honour someone you love

Honour someone you love

Many people share the Gardens with those they love and some visitors choose to mark a significant occasion by dedicating a tree or a bench to someone special.  In the Gardens you’ll notice each bench has a dedication plaque featuring a favourite quote or the recognition of an anniversary, achievement or occasion.  

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Hands-on education

Hands-on education

The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria at Melbourne and Cranbourne offers a rich learning environment for students of all ages and abilities.  Our Education Services team develops adaptive, strategic curriculum based programs to assist teachers and provide an enjoyable and valuable learning experience for students from kindergarten to university. Each education program is designed to support teachers in achieving the Victorian Essential Learning Standards and is delivered by a qualified teacher.

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What people say…

What people say…

'It is important that the children become aware of such a beautiful garden that provides a diverse range of opportunities to learn, relax, explore, etc.'

Grade 1

Yes - there was something for everyone ...ponding, feeling/smelling plants, creating pot pourri bags, listening to trees!'

Grade 2

'At the Botanic Gardens the children were able to see/touch and smell on a grand scale - GREAT!!'

Kindergarten

'The program has made a huge shift in the way my students view Indigenous Australians and it has changed some previous incorrect misconceptions'

Grade 5 and 6

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