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Botanic Gardens Day

Celebrating the Power of Plants!

Sunday 30 May, 10am to 4pm

Plants are our superheroes. We explored their value as food and medicine, wildlife habitat, their impact on our wellbeing, and the critical role they play on influencing our climate.

> Check out some of the event photos on our Facebook Album.

Watch the live panel broadcast ‘Power of Plants’ hosted by Costa Georgiadis on YouTube or Facebook with expert panellists:

  • Suzanne Thompson, Australian Native Food & Botanicals (ANFAB)
  • Georgina Reid, The Planthunter
  • Dr Peter Buchanan, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research
  • James Beattie, Living Collections Curator, Wollongong Botanic Garden
  • Ricardo Simao, Manager Environmental Systems, RBGV

Costa and our very own James Beattie took part in the discussion recorded live from the Discovery Centre Garden. The other panellists joined remotely from across Australia and New Zealand.

With guided tours, self-guided trails, exhibitions, garden power demonstrations, kids show and scavenger hunt there really was something for everyone, all for FREE.

Clarence Slockee from ABC's Gardening Australia and John Gabriele from the ABC's Compost Heap radio show were also here on the day.

Check out Facebook or Instagram for event updates and other plant power videos from our staff. Event photos will be posted there soon.

10am - 4pm (all day)

  • Nature Wellness Self-Guided Trail 'Go Slow for a 'Mo' starts at Mercury Lawn
  • Kids Scavenger Hunt starts at Mercury Lawn Info Tent
  • Botanic Art & Photography Exhibition at the Towri Centre
  • Hop on - Hop off Buggy Tours leaves the Duck Pond every 30 minutes
  • Food and snacks
    • Garden Grounds Cafe near the Playground
    • Rotary BBQ near the Mercury Lawn
    • OMG Decadent Donuts with gluten, dairy, egg, and nut free vegan donuts near the Mercury Lawn

10am

  • Behind the Scenes Nursery Tour. Pre-bookings essential via Eventbrite. Starts at Mercury Lawn Info Tent (BOOKED OUT)
  • Bush Tucker Garden Tour led by Clarence Slockee! Register on the day at the Mercury Lawn Info Tent. (BOOKED OUT)

11am 

  • Seeds to Shoots Walking Tour starts at Duck Pond
  • The Tree Musketeers Show at the Mercury Lawn

12pm

  • Behind the Scenes Nursery Tour. Pre-bookings essential via Eventbrite. Starts at Mercury Lawn Info Tent (BOOKED OUT)
  • 'Power of Plants' panel discussion hosted by Costa. Broadcasting live from the Discovery Centre Garden, or tune in online facebook.com/BotanicGardensDay

1pm

  • Seeds to Shoots Walking Tour starts at Duck Pond

2pm

  • Behind the Scenes Nursery Tour. Pre-bookings essential via Eventbrite. Starts at Mercury Lawn Info Tent (BOOKED OUT)
  • Bush Tucker Garden Tour led by Clarence Slockee! Register on the day at the Mercury Lawn Info Tent. (BOOKED OUT)
  • Self-Watering Garden Demonstration with guest host John Gabriele on the Mercury Lawn

3pm

  • Seeds to Shoots Walking Tour starts at Duck Pond
  • Composting Demonstration with guest host John Gabriele on the Mercury Lawn

For event info and bookings on the day, visit an info tent on Mercury Lawn or near the playground.

Costa Georgiadis

Visitors were able to see Costa as he hosted a live Facebook broadcast of the ‘Power of Plants’ discussion, with expert panellists:

  • Suzanne Thompson, Australian Native Food & Botanicals (ANFAB)
  • Georgina Reid, The Planthunter
  • Dr Peter Buchanan, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research
  • James Beattie, Living Collections Curator, Wollongong Botanic Garden
  • Ricardo Simao, Manager Environmental Systems, RBGV

Costa and our very own James Beattie took part in the live panel discussion from the Discovery Centre Garden. The other panellists streamed in via the Facebook live feed from across Australia and New Zealand.

You can watch the live panel broadcast on YouTube or Facebook.

More than 100 botanic gardens, arboreta and gardens across Australia and New Zealand participate in this national event to highlight the significant work undertaken at botanic gardens to ensure plants survive into the future.

For more information visit BGANZ (Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand Inc.)