Sonica Botanica

Sonica Botanica: Stories and Sounds from the Gardens

Sonica Botanica is a series of four audio experiences created by Patrick Cronin. Each episode responds to people, place and plants connected with specific collections or landscapes at Melbourne Gardens. Best experienced through your headphones whilst visiting the featured location.

Episode 2: Oak Lawn
This episode responds to Oak Lawn and its majestic trees.

Episode 1: The Arid Garden
This episode features fascinating stories of the provenance and design of the botanical collection that makes up the recently opened Arid Garden.

Credits for episode 1
- Robert Field, donor of the Field Collection of cacti and succulents
- Andrew Laidlaw, Landscape Architect, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and designer of the Arid Garden
- Bret Pritchard, Horticulturist and Curator of the Arid Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
- Pip Wright, philosopher of science and cacti and succulent enthusiast
- Northcote High School students Edie Simpson, Ned Partridge and Maya Healy and their teacher, Lauren Jacobs
- Leo Salvo, vocal soloist

Special thanks to Donnette Field, Northcote High School and the visitors to the Arid Garden who shared their impressions and observations.

Credits for episode 2
- Peter Berbee, Arborist, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
- Kim Coleman, Learning Facilitator, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
- Tim Entwisle, Director and Chief Executive, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
- Susan Joachim, Forest therapy guide and President, International Nature and Forest Therapy Alliance
- Lenka Vanderboom, Indigenous Learning Facilitator, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Special thank you to Chris Andrews, Sam May, Didier Sepulveda and the visitors who shared their stories, impressions, and observations of Oak Lawn.

All interviews recorded on location at Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.

Music, audio editing and sound design for all episodes by Patrick Cronin.

Remaining episodes will be released progressively throughout 2021 as part of Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria’s 175th anniversary program.

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