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BOTANIC GARDENS DAY AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

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

Hop over to the @BotanicGardensDay Facebook page, join and follow, give it a like, share it with colleagues and friends, ask them to do the same, let’s spread the word!

 

THIS YEAR’S THEME IS ‘PROTECTING OUR PLANTS AND LANDSCAPES’

On Sunday 26 May 2024, more than 100 botanic gardens and arboreta across Australia and New Zealand will celebrate Botanic Gardens Day with their respective communities. Stay tuned for a list of what’s on and where!

 

Kings Park seed collection team visited the Kimberleys in response to incursion of Myrtle Rust to the north of WA. Credit: Kings Park Botanic Garden

 

FORUMS AND WEBINARS

We are excited to announce, that during May 2024, in the lead up to Botanic Gardens Day we will host and present forums and webinars aimed at industry professionals and all those many plant lovers out there.

 

WEBINARS HOSTED BY COSTA GEORGIADIS

In the lead up to Botanic Gardens Day on 26 May, BGANZ will again hold four online webinars every Thursday evening in May at 7pm–8pm AEST, hosted by Costa Georgiadis, highlighting members and other experts, and their amazing knowledge.

To watch the webinars live, head to Costa’s FacebookLinkedIn or YouTube pages at 7pm AEST on the dates below! They will also be recorded so don’t worry if you can’t make it on the night.

 

2023’s second webinar, viewed by over 8,300 people!

 

WEBINARS FOR INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS

We have three professional development events in May. These will be held via MS Teams.

17 May    BGEN Webinar, featuring two speakers who recently presented at the Bgen International Annual Conference 2024:

Ngaire Gilligan from Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha will present ‘Gotta find them all’:  how jumping on the social phenomena bandwagon can bring about effective botanical education.’

Mak Djukic from Botanic Gardens of South Australia will present ‘Gamification in a botanic garden – Botanic Gardens of South Australia and ‘Project Space Botany’.’

 

BCARM. Date and title to be announced.

 

BARB . Date and title to be announced.

 

2023’s BGANZ Collections and Record Management (BCARM) professional development webinar

 

EVENTS ON BOTANIC GARDENS DAY

  • Costa will be livestreaming from one of our member gardens on 26 May, so keep your eyes peeled!

Lawrie Smith (L) and Costa Georgiadis (R) at the gardens’ 20th birthday celebrations on Botanic Gardens Day 2023. Credit: Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

 

  • Events are planned at many botanic gardens in Australia and New Zealand. We’ll keep you posted on these closer to the time.

Botanic Gardens Day 2023 at Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens. Credit: Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

 

BACKGROUND

Botanic Gardens Day was 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, arboreta and gardens in Australia and New Zealand taking part and celebrating 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 updates on gardens’ web and facebook pages will appear.

If you have any questions or would like your event added to the list, please email Dr Rebecca Harcourt, media@bganz.org.au.

 

 

Botanic Gardens Day 2023 at Emerald Botanic Garden. Credit: Credit Central Highlands Regional Council