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TALKS AND WALKS
Note: Program may be subject to change.
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.
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.
Specialist Horticultural Talks and Walks
African plants: their similarities and differences to Australian plants
Join the Volunteer Guides on this 45 minute walk to uncover the origins of plants that you may have growing in your own garden. You might be surprised to learn that many of your favourites are actually from Africa such as dietes, clivias, proteas and birds of paradise.
When: 9 March 2014, 11 am and 2 pm, 45 minute duration
Palms of Africa and Madagascar
Experienced Royal Botanic Garden’s horticulturist Paul Nicholson will be sharing his extensive knowledge on palms of Africa and Madagascar. The talk will commence in the cryptogam followed by a tour of the Palm Grove.
Paul Nicholson has worked in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney for the past 18 years, initially as an apprentice and for the last 6 years as Senior Horticulturist responsible for a number of displays and collections including the Spring Walk and Palm Grove within the Upper Gardens.
When: 9 March, 11 am
Join Ian Hay on a tour of the Cactus and Succulent Garden, bring along any questions you have for succulents and he will happy to attempt to answer them.
Ian is currently President of the Cactus and Succulent Society of NSW as well as its Show Secretary. He has a large and comprehensive collection of potted cacti and succulents that he grows in a large glasshouse in the Western Suburbs. Ian has competed in Royal Flower and Garden Show for years and has won countless prizes and medals for his specimens. He has grown cacti and succulents in climates as different as Sydney's mild one, Canberra's cold frosty one and Manila Philippines' hot and humid one. Ian is a retired international public servant who now live in Woolloomooloo.
When: 9 March, 12 midday
Flora and Fauna of Southern Africa
Hear about the curious connections between plants and animals of Southern Africa with Dr Peter Weston.
Peter is a senior principal research scientist at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney with a particular interest in the Proteaceae family. Many plants in this family would be familiar including the Waratah, King Protea, banksias and grevilleas.
When: 9 March, 2.45 pm
Campbelltown City Council Challenge Walk
On Sunday 9 March the community of Macarthur will unite for the the Campbelltown City Challenge Walk.
Promoting fitness, fun and community spirit, within the stunning setting of Australia’s largest Botanic Garden, this is an event not to be missed.
With 12 age categories on offer, as well as wheelchair and team categories, everyone can join in and take the challenge. Entry is just $9 if you register before the event. There are two race options of a fun 6 km walk or the 11 km endurance walk for those a little more daring.
There are child-minding facilities, a baggage minding area, free parking and water stations for the convenience of participants. The race culminates in a presentation overlooking the Lake.
Go on, take the Challenge!
When: Sunday 9 March, race starts at 8 am
Gardens & parks Amalgamation talk
Members are invited to hear Mr Kim Ellis, Acting Executive Director, Sydney Parklands and Botanic Gardens speak about the amalgamation of the operations of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust and the Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust, and the management of the process.
When: Tues 11 March, 12 pm for 12.30 pm - 1.30 pm
Twilight Highlights Tour
See fascinating wildlife on this early evening tour of the Garden aboard the Garden’s mini bus. Discover the wallaroo population that call the Garden home and the beautiful landscapes as the day comes to a close. Look to the trees as your hear the native call of some of the 180 different species of birds, including a multitude of parrots, finches, cockatoos and owls. You can then farewell the setting sun from the top of Sundial Hill. Bring wet weather gear.
When: Saturday 15 March, 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm
From Gallery to Garden
With the State Library of NSW and the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney.
Curator Louise Anemaat will deliver a fascinating talk about the Library’s latest exhibition Artist Colony: drawing Sydney’s nature. After viewing the exhibition you will head down to the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney for a guided tour which will bring the artworks to life!
When: Saturday 29 March, 12.30 pm or Thursday 10 April, 10 am
Breakfast with the Birds
Meet some of the Garden’s feathered friends on an early morning walk followed by a delicious breakfast. Since opening in 1988, the number of bird species in the Garden has increased considerably to more than 180 species. Enjoy the sounds and sights on this delightful morning tour.
When: Sunday 23 March, 8 am to 10 am
What to bring:
Breakfast will be indoors. Please notify the Garden on 4634 7935 of any special dietary requirements after making your booking.
Heritage House and Garden Coach Trip
Denbigh Farm, Cobbitty and Glenmore House, Glenmore
Get a glimpse of Australian history on a day trip to two heritage houses and gardens on the outskirts of Sydney. This is a rare opportunity to visit Denbigh Farm, a very early 19th Century weatherboard Indian Bungalow not normally open to the public. Built between 1818 and 1820, for nearly two hundred years Denbigh has been owned by just three families - the Hook, Hassall and McIntosh families. Enjoy morning tea and meet the owners of Denbigh, Ian and Susie McIntosh, who will talk about the history of the estate, and recent and ongoing refurbishments. Continue on to Glenmore House for lunch and a garden tour with owner Mickey Robertson. Glenmore House is a collection of vernacular farm buildings c.1840, nestled into the foothills of the Razorback Range, which were in a sad state of repair when Larry and Mickey Robertson discovered them 25 years ago. The intervening years saw materials saved, buildings restored and a garden made. From bold architectural succulents to hardy perennials, shrubs, roses and a working kitchen garden, there is much to discover.
When: Wednesday 9 April, 9 am - 4 pm approximately. Detailed itinerary supplied with booking.
The Garden after Dark
Discover the Garden after the gates are locked. The sights, sounds and smells at night are quite different to those of the day. Be ready for encounters with some of the Garden’s residents, such as owls, tawny frogmouths and possums, that may be out and about. Hear stories about some of the plants as well as the history behind this botanic garden. If you feel eyes are following you in the shadows, it may only be those of the resident marble statues. Hear their stories as well. Bring a torch and be prepared for two hours’ walking in the dark, including on uneven surfaces and steps. Refreshments at 5.30 pm and walk from 6 pm.
When: Friday 11 April, 5.30 pm-8 pm
Gallipoli in the 21st Century
Talk by Peter Fitzsimons
As we prepare to remember and commemorate our fallen soldiers on Anzac Day, join Peter Fitzsimons, Australia’s best-selling non-fiction author over the last 10 years, for a talk entitled How should we regard Gallipoli in the 21st Century? Where does it fit? Peter is currently writing a new book discussing this topic and will share with you some insights and highlights from his research and what is sure to be the next best-seller.
When: Wednesday 23 April, 5.30 pm for 6 pm - 8 pm
Anzac Day - free guided walk
Garden Memories of War and Peace
The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney has strong connections to war and peace. On this walk you will discover, through plants and memorials, the importance the Garden has to generations of military personnel and their families.
When: Friday 25 April, 10.30 am - 12 pm
The Australian PlantBank - behind the scenes tour
Enjoy a ‘behind the scenes’ look at this new impressive scientific facility to safeguard plant species for the future. Your expert guide will show you through the landscape, laboratories, learning lab and seed vault. Discover more about the important conservation work that takes place at this internationally significant facility which was opened in October 2013. After the tour, you will be treated to a delicious morning tea.
When: Sunday 4 May 2014, 10 am - 12 pm
Cycads Revisited - talk and walk
Today’s cycads are no longer regarded as ‘dinosaur plants’ - the same as those growing in the Jurassic period. Instead, they have evolved independently only 10 million years ago. The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, has both an important living collection of cycads and a leading scientist in the area of cycad research. This talk and walk covers information about cycads, pollination, biology, human uses and conservation issues of these most fascinating and endangered plants.
When: Thurs 8 May, 10 am for 10.30 am - 12.30 pm
Mark Engall, of Engall’s Nursery, will uncover the secrets of growing citrus, whether in your garden or in a pot. He will discuss different varieties of citrus and display many of his favourites, with some taste-testing. Find out how to deal with common pests and diseases of citrus. Time will be allowed for questions.
When: Wednesday 14 May, 12 pm for 12.30 pm - 1.30 pm
Autumn Highlights Tour and High Tea
Join an experienced guide and discover wonderful autumnal highlights of Australia’s largest botanic garden. After the tour, enjoy a stunning High Tea with all the trimmings in the Bowden Centre.
When: Sunday 18 May 2014, 10 am - 12 pm
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