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Living Worlds Self-Guided Trail

Pick up your trail guide from the Visitor Centre, then find the six trail stops to discover some weird and amazing plants and the mini-worlds in which they live. Answer the quiz questions to solve the puzzle and win a prize! Suitable for children aged 6-12 years.

When: Every day throughout autumn, 9.30 am-5pm daily
Where: Visitor Centre, Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah
Cost: Member’s child/non-member’s child $6
Enquiries: 4567 3000

Free Guided Walks

at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah

A guided tour is available most days departing from the Visitor Centre at 11.30 am, led by a trained Volunteer Guide - contact us on 4567 2154 to ensure there will be a tour on the day of your visit.

Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Coach Trip

The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden has been busy with several projects to revitalise the collections. Join Foundation & Friends for a visit to our garden at Mount Tomah. Over morning tea, hear from Curator Manager Greg Bourke about changes he’s been making, then take a tour with him to see the progress. Enjoy lunch at Tomah Gardens Restaurant, then explore on your own. The historic collection of dahlias will be blooming and autumn colour will be at its best.

When: Wed 29 April, 8.30 am-5 pm approx.
Where: The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah
Cost: Members $85, non-members $95
Bookings: essential, phone 9231 8182 or book online. More information with booking.

2015 Garden Design Series

The creation of landscapes that enrich our lives - wherever we may live and work - is a constantly evolving art form. Join us on a journey through intimate private gardens, bold commercial landscapes and cutting edge design in this superb series of lectures by four outstanding landscape architects and designers, including Myles Baldwin, Kate Cullity, Matthew Cantwell and Michael McCoy.

The series will explore the impact of architecture, art and structural form in the landscaped environment, complemented by news ways to think about and use plants. Hosted by Jimmy Turner, the Gardens Director of Horticulture Management, the talks will be held monthly from March to June.

Lectures in this Series include:

Garden Design Series - Myles Baldwin Lecture

When: Thursday 19 March 2015, 6 pm-8 pm
Where: Royal Automobile Club of Australia, 89 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Cost: Single lecture ticket – Member $60, Non-Member $75. Full Series ticket (4 x lectures) – Member $180, Non-Member $260 (includes one year membership to Foundation & Friends)
Bookings and enquiries: 02 9231 8182 or online – Myles Baldwin Lecture OR Full Lecture Series

Garden Design Series - Kate Cullity Lecture

When: Thursday 23 April 2015, 6 pm-8 pm
Where: Royal Automobile Club of Australia, 89 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Cost: Single lecture ticket - Member $60, Non-Member $75. Full Series ticket (4 x lectures) - Member $180, Non-Member $260 (includes one year membership to Foundation & Friends)
Bookings and enquiries: 02 9231 8182 or online - Kate Cullity Lecture OR Full Lecture Series

Garden Design Series - Matthew Cantwell Lecture

When: Thursday 21 May 2015, 6 pm-8 pm
Where: Royal Automobile Club of Australia, 89 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Cost: Single lecture ticket - Member $60, Non-Member $75. Full Series ticket (4 x lectures) - Member $180, Non-Member $260 (includes one year membership to Foundation & Friends)
Bookings and enquiries: 02 9231 8182 or online - Matthew Cantwell Lecture OR Full Lecture Series

You can come along to one or several of these fascinating lectures or join us for the complete series. As a special offer for Non-Members if you book into the entire Garden Design Series we will also include a complimentary one year membership with Foundation & Friends.

Garden Design Series - Michael McCoy Lecture

When: Thursday 18 June 2015, 6 pm-8 pm
Where: Royal Automobile Club of Australia, 89 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Cost: Single lecture ticket - Member $60, Non-Member $75 Full Series ticket (4 x lectures) - Member $180, Non-Member $260 (includes one year membership to Foundation & Friends)
Bookings and enquiries: 02 9231 8182 or online - Michael McCoy Lecture OR Full Lecture Series

 


 

Campelltown City Council Challenge Walk

This year is the 24th anniversary of this fantastic local event. Take part in either the 6 km Fun Walk or the 11 km Endurance Walk. Get a group together from work, your local sporting club or your family and register now for this awesome event held each year at the Garden.

When: Sun 8 March, 7 am
Where: Lakeside, the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan
Cost: Free
Bookings: essential, phone 4645 4605

Breakfast with the Birds

What better way to start the day than on an early morning guided bird walk? Since opening in 1988, the Garden has undergone significant development with improved habitats and regeneration of native vegetation, and the number of bird species has increased considerably. Discover some of this wonderful bird life on this early morning walk, which is followed by a delicious barbecue breakfast.

When: Sun 29 March, 8 am-10.30 am
Where: Meet at Visitor Centre
Cost: Members $30 Non-members $33 Members & Non-members children $25 (child over 7 years)
Bookings: essential, phone 9231 8182 or book online. More information with booking.

Autumn Highlights Tour and Tea

Let one of our experienced staff take you on a tour of discovery of the autumnal highlights of the Garden, followed by a delicious High Tea with all the trimmings.

When: Sun 3 May, 10.30 am-12.30 pm
Where: Meet at the Visitor Centre, the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan
Cost: Members $40.90, non-members $45
Bookings: essential, phone 9231 8182 or book online for 10.30 am Session or 11.30 am Session

Wildflowers of WA

Join horticulturist Genevieve Kocur for a talk on her encounter discovering the wildflowers of Western Australia. Awarded a Foundation and Friends’ scholarship, Genevieve will share her
experiences of working at Kings Park Botanic Garden and exploring wildflowers in the wild.

When: Thurs 14 May, 10.30am for 11 am-12 pm
Where: Joseph Maiden Theatre, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Cost: Members $15, non-members $22 Morning tea provided.
Bookings: essential, phone 9231 8182 or book online

Garden after Dark Walk

Discover the Garden at night. Come ready for encounters with some of the Garden’s residents, such as owls and possums. Hear about some of the plants as well as the Garden’s history. Bring a torch and be ready for two hours’ walking in the dark, including
on uneven surfaces and steps.

When: Wed 20 May, 5 pm-7.30 pm
Where: Joseph Maiden Theatre, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Cost: Members $35, non-members $40. Member’s Child /Non-Member’s Child $30 (8-16 years) Refreshments provided 5 pm.
Bookings: essential, phone 9231 8182 or book online

Barangaroo Park Talk

Barangaroo Headland Park is being transformed. Hear from Landscape Architect and Horticultural Consultant Stuart Pittendrigh and Soil Scientist Simon Leake about how they incorporated plants indigenous to Sydney’s harbour to create a naturalistic bushland setting.

When: Wed 27 May, 12pm for 12.30 pm-1.30 pm
Where: Joseph Maiden Theatre, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Cost: Members $20, non-members $25 Refreshments provided.
Bookings: essential, phone 9231 8182 or book online

Free Guided Walks throughout autumn

Join a guided walk led by a knowledgeable volunteer to learn about the plants and animals located in the Garden as well as the Garden’s fascinating history.

  • For individuals or small family groups
  • 10.30 am daily - 1.5 hours and 1 pm Monday to Friday (March-November only) - 1 hour. No walks on Good Friday.
  • Walks depart from the Information Counter at the Palm Grove Centre
  • Organised groups: bookings essential, fees apply, ph. 9231 8134

Aboriginal heritage tours

Learn the richly diverse history and culture of the Aboriginal people of the Sydney region with an Aboriginal guide in the heart of the city. Uncover the Royal Botanic Garden's rich Aboriginal heritage by exploring plant uses, culture, artefacts and tasting some bush foods.

An important ceremonial site for many of the Sydney Aboriginal clans and home to the Cadigal clan, Wogganmagule (Farm Cove) and its surrounds offered an impressive and carefree existence. With a diverse array of bush foods, ample fresh water and a plentiful supply of seafood from the harbour, it was paradise for the local Aboriginal people for thousands of years.

When: 10 am Fridays - 1.5 hours (bookings essential), no tour on Good Friday.
Where: Tours depart from the Information Booth outside the Garden Shop at the Palm Grove Centre
Cost: See Guided Tour fees for 2015
Bookings and enquiries: Booked Aboriginal Heritage Tours are available Monday to Friday on request, ph. 9231 8134.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan

Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah