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Botanic Gardens Open Day 2016

Below is a list of Botanic Gardens and Arboretum, and events held, who took part in the 2016 Open Day.

Australian Capital Territory Australian National Botanic Gardens Art in the Gardens - a 'day retreat' where people, plants and culture meet. Explore the connection between art and nature and practice creative techniques in the beautiful outdoor setting. There will be a variety of opportunities in multiple media to enhance your understanding and appreciation for our native environment plus learn new skills. Workshops at various times throughout the day and free to participate. Open Day Flora Tours. Discover more of our gardens on a free 45min electric bus tour
Australian Capital Territory National Arboretum  
New South Wales Armidale - Fangorn Botanic Garden

Fangorn Private Botanic Garden

Featuring the National Correa Collection, Waratah Collection, New England Acacias collection

Activities: Aboriginal plant usage trail, Botanical treasure hunt, Garden Clubs Displays

Garden tours, Native Plant sale, Stone wall building demonstration.

Refreshments provided by Red Cross

Gates Open 9.30 - 4.30pm 

New South Wales Albury Botanic Gardens The Albury Botanic Gardens will celebrate the Inaugural Botanic Gardens Open Day, with the "Crimson Spider Orchid" adventure and the "Weird and Wonderful" Art Program for kids of all ages. Sunday 29th May, from 12.00noon to 2.30pm in the Children's Garden, surrounded by ancient and majestic plants, dinosaurs and story telling animal seats, wetlands and Giant Bamboo. Bring a picnic lunch and a comfy chair for some fun and games
New South Wales Auburn Botanic Garden Autumn Colours Festival (Family Fun Day)
New South Wales Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan Events, in addition to being open, include: • a terrarium making stall • possible Dirt Girl visit and/or Nature Play activities. • Indigenous officer activity in the Fruit Loop garden (plus a great display of weapons and which he also makes. ) • Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living may run a gardening/permaculture workshop
New South Wales Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah Garden Shuttle tours all day from 10am– 3pm Guided walking tours Horticulturist led workshops in education centre
New South Wales Booderee Botanic Gardens The Gardens will be open 8.00 am till 4.00 pm, and we intend to have bush tucker tours presented by the local Indigenous people who own the Botanic Gardens.
New South Wales Burrendong Botanic Garden and Arboretum  
New South Wales Dubbo Regional Botanic Garden - Elizabeth Park  
New South Wales Hunter Region Botanic Gardens  
New South Wales Lismore Botanic Gardens  10 am till 12pm Help build our new labyrinth at the top of the Hoop Pine forest. 10.15 am Teddy Bear's Picnic in the forest 11.00 am Official Opening of the Hoop Pine Forest Walk by Mayor Jenny Dowell 11.30 am Guided Walk of the Wilson's Park area of the Gardens Visitors are welcome to stay picnic and BBQ at the gardens till closing at 4pm. Self guides tours are available. Morning tea stall and coffee cart for morning tea only.
New South Wales North Coast Regional Botanic Garden  
New South Wales Royal Botanic Garden Sydney Music in the Garden 11am - 1pm. We will have entertainment from local musicians and community singing groups. Light snacks and hot drinks will be on sale.  There will be gardening experts on hand to talk about the botanic garden journey and the design of the gardens by internationally renowned firm of Taylor Cullity Lethlean
New South Wales Southern Highland Botanic Gardens - Bowral  We are holding a Music in the Garden concert featuring community performers and musicians to celebrate our open day. More information here
New South Wales Tamworth Botanic Gardens All the details here
New South Wales Wollongong Botanic Gardens  
New Zealand Auckland Botanic Gardens Trees, their stories and importance will be the main focus of this open day at Auckland Botanic Gardens. Experts will guide visitors around our tree collections, recommend trees for different uses and situations, and explain their cultural requirements including a tree planting demonstration. This will include ornamental trees and fruit trees for home gardens and the primitive species in our expansive Gondwana Arboretum. Tree photography competitions and children's activities also feature.
New Zealand Christchurch Botanic Gardens Display: “Botanic Gardens Provide More Than Meets the Eye”
New Zealand Dunedin Botanic Garden One day with back off house open to the public Dunedin Botanic Garden Information Centre 27 May till 30 June
New Zealand Eastwoodhill Arboretum Ngatapa Gisborne  
New Zealand Oamaru Public Gardens

Between 10am -12pm Planting out riparian plants on Oamaru creek banks and demonstrations in the Community Nursery of cleaning and sowing seeds and potting up seedlings

Plantings and talk to open the Botanic Garden Open Day 

New Zealand (Wellington) Otari-Wilton's Bush Guided walks Plant give-a-way 20% off meeting space bookings Plantings and talk to close Botanic Garden Open Day
New Zealand  Wellington Botanic Garden Guided walks  Self guided Botanical Bingo with prize Plant give-a-way 20% off meeting space bookings Guided tours of the Gardens throughout the day
New Zealand Whangarei Quarry Gardens  
Northern Territory George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens

Come and celebrate the inaugural Australia and New Zealand Botanic Garden Open Day on Sunday May 29 from 11am at George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens


FREE guided walking tours, Segway tours, Eco Gallery digital art display, Malagasy song and dance performance celebrating the official opening of the African – Madagascan Garden at 10 am and the Australia and New Zealand Botanic Garden Open Day activities from 11.00.


FREE guided walking tours


Meet at the African/Madagascar Garden except where noted (all walks 45 min – 1 hour approx.)

  • 9am - Free guided tour of the Snakebean Garden (meet at Eco House)
  • 11am - Free  Africa –Madagascar walking tour (leaving from African-Madagascar Garden)
  • 11am - Adanasona gregori (Australian Boab) walking tour (leaving from African-Madagascar Garden)
  • 11am – Gardens nursery and seedbank tour (leaving from African-Madagascar Garden)
  • 11am - 1 x Free Gardens Segway tour  (leaving from African-Madagascar Garden)

Meet at the fountain bridge except where noted (all walks 45 min – 1 hour approx.)

  • 11am - Sensory Garden and environs walking tour

11am - Gardens Segway tours (fees apply) 

  • 11am - Free guided tour of the Snakebean Garden (meet at Eco House)
  • 12 noon -Free significant tree walk
  • 12 noon – Free general walking tour
  • 12 noon - Free Larrakia Aboriginal Plant walking tour
  • 1pm Africa - Free Madagascar walking tour
  • 1pm - Adanasona gregori (Australian Boab) walking tour
  • 1pm - Sensory Garden and environs walking tour


Australia and New Zealand Botanic Garden Open Day ‘other’ happenings

  • Eco House Gallery open from 11am – 1pm
  • 12 noon/1pm Gardens Segway tours (fees apply)
  • 1.00pm Free Malagasy song and dance performance in Central Green
Northern Territory Olive Pink Botanic Garden Gazebo Sunday (June 5th World Environment Day), we will be promoting our Green Army program (please see the attached – and please circulate it to members if you think it will be helpful) and promoting a public tour of our Green Army projects, especially buffel grass removal. 
Queensland Brisbane Botanic Gardens (Mt Coot-tha) Variety of educational and interpretive activities and displays. Go to the link for all the planned events and activities   https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/whats-brisbane/events-council-venues/parks-gardens-events/whats-brisbane-botanic-gardens-mt-coot-tha#/?i=2
Queensland Brisbane Botanic Gardens (City) https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/whats-brisbane/events-council-venues/parks-gardens-events/whats-brisbane-botanic-gardens-mt-coot-tha#/?i=2
Queensland Bundaberg Botanic Gardens
Queensland Cairns Botanic Gardens There will be tours of the gardens, a filming of David Attenborough The Kingdom of Plants and at Natures Powerhouse Interpretive Centre in the gardens the Banks Florilegium exhibition "A Botanical Endeavour"
Queensland Cooktown Botanic Gardens Community planting, Guided Walks, Live music
Queensland Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens We will be open all day like usual as well as holding a Bushtucker tour, Botanic Garden Tour and the Orchid House will be open from 9am-2pm. A small morning tea will be offered between 9.30-10am.
Queensland Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens  
Queensland Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens  We are planning a variety of guided walks, presentations and activities throughout the day, with a plan to have something for everyone… Bird lovers, children, gardeners, walkers, runners, nature lovers and plant enthusiasts.  More details here http://www.mackayregionalbotanicgardens.com.au/home/news/botanic_gardens_open_day_bganz
Queensland Maroochy Regional Botanical Garden Autumn Guide Walk - trained volunteers will take the public through the gardens highlighting special plants in flower at the time, with special focus stops at rare and endangered species. The event is free for the public to attend.
Queensland Mount Tamborine Botanic Gardens

9am to 4pm, 29th May, 2016-05-19

Activities on the Day

• Potty Potters plant stall, and gardening advice.

• Tamborine Mountain Botanic Artists display 

To view all our activities 


Queensland Noosa Botanic Gardens

Autumn Seasonal Guided Walk – Sunday 29th May

9am – 11am

Come and see our beautifully shaped Elephant Apple trees with fruit as large as baseballs and flower as delicate as star jasmine blooms.

Foliage of all hues draw the eye to the layers and levels of our garden plantings.

The latest addition is an authentic heritage post and rain fence framing our Hoop Pine which was a feature near the original homestead on the site.

Note: put on your sunscreen and wear a hat comfortable shoes.

Location: 312 Lake Macdonald Drive, Lake Macdonald Qld 4563


Queensland Redcliffe Botanic Gardens  

Volunteers from Friends of the Redcliffe Botanic Gardens will be present from 10am to 1pm. Volunteers will be in the Nursery, the Herb Garden and the Permaculture area.

Low cost local native plants can be obtained from the Nursery during this time.

Guided tours of the Gardens will be taken by FRBG President David Lergessner at 10am, 11am and 12 noon highlighting the diverse flora of South East Queensland.

The Permaculture gardeners will share Davidson plum cultivation and cordial and the basics of good composting with visitors.

Botanical fibre artist Lesa Hepburn will display plant fibre papermaking and weaving.

Please email FRBG if you are coming and indicate a time if you want to join a tour. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The FRBG team is looking forward to welcoming visitors on this day.

Queensland Rockhampton Botanic Garden  The Mater Hospital Teddy Bears' Picnic
A Free Family Event
A Day of old fashioned play ◦Kids come dressed as Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Lost Boys, Fairies, Pirates & Indians and join in the fun
Prizes for best dressed children & teddies
Special Guests:
Big Ted
Little Red Riding Hood & Friends
Live Music
Egg and Spoon & Sack races
Bear Hunt
Face Painting
Teddy Bear Hospital
And much more
Queensland Rosewood Scrub Arboretum, Peace Park, Upper Matthew St, Rosewood  
Queensland Sherwood Arboretum May 28th – Botanic Gardens Open Day- Sherwood Arboretum   Celebrating its 91st birthday, Sherwood Arboretum holds the most diverse and historic collection of trees in an arboretum setting in Queensland. Join with the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Volunteer Guides and the Friends of Sherwood Arboretum as we discover the many fascinating native trees in the collection and their significance to Queensland's European and Indigenous history whilst celebrating National Botanic Gardens Open Day.  The walk will be hosted by Brisbane Botanic Gardens Volunteer Guides Dick Date and David Hangar, joined by Curator Dale Arvidsson and Friends of Sherwood Arboretum's Andrew Benison.  • Date and time: Saturday May 28, 9:30am • starting point: Jolimont St carpark entrance, Sherwood. • duration of the walk: 1½ hours • what to bring: comfortable walking shoes, water bottle and slip, slop, slap. • cost: $5 including morning tea hosted by Friends of Sherwood Arboretum under the shade of the Arboretum's historic Kauri Pine Avenue. • Bookings essential. Contact Brisbane Botanic Gardens on 3403 2535 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. RSVP by Wednesday May 25, 2016.'Plants will be for sale, and guides to discuss various aspects of the Garden. 
Queensland Tondoon Botanic Gardens Gladstone  On the first Sunday in June each year we hold an event here at Tondoon called ecofest, which attracts up to ten thousand people. As this event is only one weekend after Botanic Garden Open Day we would hold our event on the 5th June. We will set up display boards with information on our Botanic Gardens, 
Queensland  Townsville - Anderson Botanical Garden  
South Australia Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden Port Augusta  The Friends of the Australian Arid lands Botanic Garden will be having early morning Bird Walk, special guided tours around the Garden and John Zwar (Garden founder) will be giving a talk on "How to start your Arid native garden"
South Australia Adelaide Botanic Gardens  
South Australia Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens  
South Australia Wittunga Botanic Gardens Both the Garden and our Tea Room will be open from 10am to 4pm Free Entry Guided Tour (walking or buggy) at 2pm Sausage Sizzle from 11.30am Plants available for sale
South Australia Waite Arboretum Nestled in the foothills, the University of Adelaide’s Waite Arboretum is open daily dawn till dusk.  Come and explore the 30 hectare rain-fed collection of trees from around the world.  Free guided walks will be held at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm and last 1.5 hours, meeting in front of historic Urrbrae House.  Sturdy footwear is advised.   Other features include a labyrinth, sculptures, native bee hotel and thematic artist’s gardens.  Download the free Waite Arboretum app to select a free self-guided walk and learn about the birds and other wildlife in the Arboretum.
Tasmania Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden  
Tasmania Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens will be open and will signpost the day as a special day.
Tasmania Tasmanian Arboretum Gardens open 10am 10.15am  Sturt's desert pea display site tour and talk 11.00am  Tractor train tour of the 50 hectares $10 per person 12.15pm   Sturt's desert pea display site tour and talk (rpt)    12.00md   In the Rose Garden Q & A. 1.00pm   Train tour of the Gardens, 50 hectares $10 per person   Extra tours by arrangement. All day  Self guided walks, bird watching  Friends coffee shop -      refreshments, souvenirs and gifts        Western Local Lands representative 'Gardening in our region' presentation
Victoria Australian Inland Botanic Gardens We will make it one of our working bee days and be available for tours and information on the day. We have commenced propagation and may offer some plants for sale.   
Victoria Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton Guided tour at 11am
Victoria Ballarat Botanical Gardens 2 tours and an exhibition will be offered as part of the Botanic Garden Open Day celebrations:
Victoria Bendigo Botanic Gardens A tour of the Bendigo Botanic Gardens Heritage Garden by a member of the Friends of Bendigo Botanic Gardens. A tour of the Garden for the Future Site by a member of the City of Greater Bendigo. An art exhibition of work by the Botanic Illustrators, a subgroup of the FBBG will be on show at the Samuel Gadd Centre. Guided tours of the Gardens by the Friends of Burnley Gardens (FOBG) plant sales by the FOBG. Plant sales and garden tours from 11 am to 2pm
Victoria Burnley Gardens, University of Melbourne

Burnley Gardens plant sale and guided tours from 11am to 2pm

Victoria Colac Botanic Gardens  Garden will be open to the public on that day.
Victoria Cranbourne Gardens  Garden is open
Victoria Geelong Botanic Garden  

Connect with Nature at the Geelong Botanic Gardens Family Day!  Challenge your family on the Discovery Trail, create your own nature art and sniff out some amazing plant smells.  2 pm meet trees over 100 years old on the ‘Tree Stories’ Guided Walk.  Activities from 11 am to 3 pm at the gardens.  3 pm visit the Geelong Gallery to see the stunning exhibition of modern botanic art at the ‘Geelong Botanic Gardens Revealed’ exhibition.  A floor talk at the Gallery at 3 pm will inspire a new way of looking creatively at plants.

Victoria George Pentland Botanic Gardens Frankston  
Victoria Gisborne Botanic Gardens,

Gisborne botanic gardens

-opening of ANZAC avenue

-guided tours

Victoria Hamilton Botanic Gardens

Friends of the Hamilton Botanic Gardens plan to sell plants potted up spring last year, a photographic display and details about the Masterplan implementation.


Victoria Karwarra Australian Native Botanic Gardens

Our garden will be open from 1pm-4pm. An exhibition of Australian Plants in our AustralianArt@Karwarra gallery. Australian Plants for sale in pots and tubes..

Victoria Kyneton Botanic Gardens  Guided tour between 11-12 for the open day.
Victoria Malmsbury Botanic Gardens

Malmsbury botanic gardens

-guided tour at 1:30 pm

-self guided tours

-plant sales

-tree planting in arboretum

-art show and sales

-information table

-children’s activities


Victoria Maranoa Gardens  
Victoria Melbourne Gardens

Both gardens will be open to the public on 29th May.

Victoria Melton Botanic Garden - 21 Williams Street, Melton, 3337 (near corner of Williams & Tullidge Streets)

Friends of the Melton Botanic Garden Activities for the Open Day:

Plant Nursery Open 10am-4pm Guided Tours throughout the day starting on the hour 10am-3pm Bird watching walk hosted by the Melton Environment Group at 9am Nature quilt display by the Melton Quilters Refreshments and sausage sizzle at the depot.  All activities start at the FMBG Depot - 21 Williams St, Melton, Victoria, 3337

Victoria Sale Botanic Gardens  

On the day in Sale there will be:

Picnic in the Gardens

10am – 3pm

Weaving Basket activity

Nature Ramble through the Sensory Garden

Discuss all things Sustainability with Council’s Sustainability Officer

CWA will be selling scones and tea
Community BBQ
Coffee Van

Friends of Sale Botanic Booth with Self-Guided Tours of the Significant Trees, Raffle and Book Sale

Live Music from 11am with Sale City Band, Morwell Caledonian Pipe Band and Sale College Band

And a Listening Post to have your say on the proposed new iconic landscape designed by Andrew Laidlaw!!!

Victoria University of Melbourne

 The University of Melbourne 'System Garden. Open 9am - 3pm On the day we will provide tours of the garden that includes general tree & plant information and an historical overview of the System Garden tours 11am & 1pm. 

 'Explore the world of bees with the resident System Garden beekeeper. Learn about bees, their role, biology and diseases affecting bees. Watch bees up close and participate in a simulated hive opening. Ask questions and learn about how you can join a bee club. If you are interested in bees or want to keep bees in your own backyard, this is a “must attend event".' 2 sessions; 10am and 12pm.

Victoria Warrnambool Botanic Garden  
Victoria Williamstown Botanic Gardens

Gardens Open Day with mini tours of the Gardens at 11.00am and 2.00pm, an historical display of the Gardens and children’s activities such as a nature table, nature’s I Spy and our ever popular reading corner.

Bring a picnic lunch and a comfy chair and join us amongst our majestic Washington Palms, Moreton Bay Figs and Aleppo Pine from 10.30am to 3pm.

More details - 

 Victoria Wilson Park Botanic Garden, Berwick THERE ARE FOSSILS AT THE BOTTOM OF OUR GARDEN !!! Two major fossil finds in the former basalt quarry, now Wilson Botanic Park Berwick, have uncovered species of plants, many of which are being reintroduced to the site after 25 million years. We invite all to visit and learn of this exciting project, and handle some of the specimens found. Enjoy our picturesque lakes, flora and fauna. Take one of our many walking tracks, play up at the ball park or relax with a book and picnic at Lakeside..
Western Australia Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth  






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