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TALKS AND WALKS
Note: Program may be subject to change.
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
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.
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
Garden Design Series - Kate Cullity Lecture
When: Thursday 23 April 2015, 6 pm-8 pm
Garden Design Series - Matthew Cantwell Lecture
When: Thursday 21 May 2015, 6 pm-8 pm
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
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
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
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
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
When: Thurs 14 May, 10.30am for 11 am-12 pm
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
When: Wed 20 May, 5 pm-7.30 pm
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
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.
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.
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