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30 MAY

Botanic Gardens Day 2021

30 MAY
All Day
Check your local botanic gardens digital channels

Australia and New Zealand

Celebrating the Power of Plants

Botanic Gardens Day is an annual day of celebration, to shed light on the role of plants in our lives and the important work botanic gardens undertake every day to conserve them for future generations.

On the last Sunday in May each year, this year on Sunday 30 May, more than 100 botanic gardens, arboreta and gardens across Australia and New Zealand will celebrate Botanic Gardens Day with their respective communities.

Gardens will host a series of activities (at their gardens or online) that promote the ‘Power of Plants’, specifically their influence on weather and climate stabilisation, their value as food, wildlife habitat, in research and medicine, and their impact on our wellbeing.


Join in the #plantchallenge

Share your love of plants — Tell your story 

For the month of May, Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand Inc (BGANZ) #plantchallenge everyone to share their love for plants by posting a 30-60 second video to your/our Facebook page or upload a plant image to your Instagram page or other favourite platform with a short message about how plants influence your lives, using hashtags #plantchallenge and #BotanicGardensDay.

Spread the word: #plantchallenge others to tell their plant story and stay tuned as we celebrate the #powerofplants through your shared stories!

We look forward to seeing and hearing all your #plantchallenge responses in 2021! #plantchallenge begins 1 May and will end on Botanic Gardens Day 30 May with a live Botanic Gardens, Panel Discussion hosted by Costa Georgiadis.

Head to Botanic Gardens Day Facebook @BotanicGardensDay  like, comment and/or share, Instagram @bganz1 , Twitter @BGANZ1 and YouTube accounts to follow and share our posts.


Livestream Panel Discussion

The Power of Plants

On Botanic Gardens Day, 30 May, tune in for the ‘Power of Plants’ livestream panel discussion as we welcome back our Botanic Gardens Day Ambassador and panel host Costa Georgiadis (ABC Gardening Australia).

Costa, in conversation with a panel of plant-minded people who either observe, learn from, and/or engage with plants in different ways, will explore and discuss the ‘Power of Plants’, and the vastness of places where plants cross over into our lives.

We welcome our Botanic Gardens Day 2021 Panelists:

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

The 2021 live stream panel discussion will broadcast on Costas’ and BGANZ Facebook and YouTube from Wollongong Botanic Garden in NSW. On behalf of BGANZ, we extend our thanks and congratulations to Wollongong Botanic Garden, the 2021 Botanic Gardens Day host, who are celebrating their 50th Birthday milestone this year.



Launched in 2016, by ABC TV’s Gardening Australia Host, and Botanic Gardens Day Australian Ambassador, Costa Georgiadis and New Zealand Ambassador, Jack Hobbs. Each year this event has over 100 botanic gardens, arboretum and gardens in Australia and New Zealand taking part and celebrate the vital work botanic gardens do for plant conservation.

Gardens hold many special events on the day every year – To find out what your local garden is planning check your local Gardens websites for details. As the day approaches more update on Gardens’ web and facebook pages will appear.

Thanks to our partners Seasol and Augusta for their fantastic support.

If you have any questions please forward to Sam Moon:

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