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Cherry Ballart School Partnerships

School partnerships

Cherry Ballart School Partnerships

The Cherry Ballart School Partnership Program offers a free and unique opportunity for long term, ongoing learning experiences for low Index of Community Social Education Advantage (ICSEA) schools.  

Aims and Objectives 

The Gardens’ objectives of a Cherry Ballart School Partnership program are to partner with schools: 

  • From communities at risk through economic disadvantage, social or environmental disadvantage, 
  • To provide students, teachers and the school community, with learning opportunities to which they would not usually have access. 

A school partnership is an opportunity for the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and a school community to work closely together over a reasonable period of time on a focused outcome-driven project. Partnerships afford the opportunity for the Gardens to share our expertise whilst also providing an opportunity for the students to connect with the natural world, explore the wonders of plants and increase education engagement.  Importantly, partnerships are developed in collaboration with school communities and are tailored to each schools’ individual needs. 

Program Inclusions 

  • A Cherry Ballart School Partnership includes  
  • Delivery of an agreed outcome to improve student learning 
  • Up to 8 incursion and/or excursion sessions across one term  
  • At least one school planning session with RBGV Educators 
  • Bus/travel reimbursement as required 
  • Program resources 
  • Program related project small grant   

Cherry Ballart 

The Cherry Ballart (our native cherry tree) is chosen to represent this program, as when the Cherry Ballart is young it cannot grow on its own - it needs the support of others to grow and flourish.  A young Cherry Ballart will hang on until independence, and as adults they let go. The Cherry Ballart symbolises the RBG’s relationship with students and their schools, by the support that the RBG provides. 

Applying for a School Partnership 

Applications for Cherry Ballart School Partnerships open in Term 4 the year prior and are now closed for 2021. Applications are assessed based upon the following criteria: 

  • Index of Community Social Education Advantage ranking 
  • Previous visits to Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria 
  • Principal support for the partnership 

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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. 

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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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