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Botanic Gardens Open Day!

Lace up your walking boots, don your parkers and visit us on 28 May 2017 for a free walking tour! Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand (BGANZ) Open Day is on and over seventy gardens are opening their gates to visitors who are keen to immerse themselves in the last leaves of autumn to learn a thing or two about conservation. This year’s theme is ‘Botanic Gardens Conserving Plants – Our Lives Depend On It’ and the enthusiastic team at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria have lined up some incredible experiences across both Melbourne and Cranbourne Gardens to celebrate.

Two free walking tours are available at Melbourne Gardens. Guided by our Manager of Horticulture, Michael McNabb, ‘Managing the Landscape’ provides unique insights into the challenges of caring for this historical landscape, including a rare tour of our private nursery. As proud leaders of water conservation, our Landscape Architect, Andrew Laidlaw, is guiding the ‘Precious Water’ tour, which encompasses comprehensive insights into the Working Wetlands project here at Melbourne Gardens. This project has created innovative methods and technologies to assist us in protecting our precious plants.

Cranbourne Gardens are offering four free tours and interactive workshops. If you fancy yourself a bit of a green-thumb, join Rodger Elliot and Trevor Blake, co-authors of the thirty year compilation, the Encyclopaedia of Australian Plants. Rodger and Trevor will personally guide visitors on their ‘Walk and Talk’, through native foliage, discussing their favourites among the abundance within the Gardens. Many of these natives are under threat, so roll up your sleeves and learn ‘hands on’ about these Australian plants by assisting the nursery team with potting and planting in the Gardens. The ‘Care for the Rare’ workshop is ideal for gardening enthusiasts who are passionate about saving our vulnerable species. Plenty of hints and tips will be available to all those who are involved!

For orchid lovers, our devoted Orchid Conservation Botanist, Noushka Reiter, is leading the ‘Back from the Brink of Extinction’ tour which provides insights into the study of these rare and striking terrestrial species, to ensure their reintroduction and conservation in south east Victoria.

Finally, as darkness falls, ensure that you bring the family and your beanies along to join our Ecologist, Dr. Terry Coates in the ‘After Dark Experience’ at Cranbourne Gardens. Learn about the secret hiding spots of our beautiful native animals, including birds, bats and mammals as they emerge from their homes into the night.

Please register if you wish to attend as places are filling quickly! We look forward to seeing you on May 28!