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#PlantLoversChallenge #LoveSeasol #BotanicGardensDay

Proudly sponsored by Seasol, we are holding the #PlantLoversChallenge throughout the month of May.

The challenge? Simply tell us (and show us!) why you love plants, and you could win 1 of 3 Seasol Hampers valued at $50 each!

Fill in the form below, and tell us in 25 words or less what your favourite plant is, and why, and upload either a photo or video showing us your favourite plant. Winners will be selected on Botanic Gardens Day, Sunday 29 May.

By submitting your details, you are agreeing to our privacy policy.


Feel free to also share your passion for plants on social media, using #PlantLoversChallenge #LoveSeasol #BotanicGardensDay

You can follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, or subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Online Events with Costa Georgiadis

This year’s theme is Plant Passions.

We are excited to announce that during May 2022 in the lead up to Botanic Gardens Day we will host and present forums and webinars aimed at industry professionals and the plant lovers out there.

Join Costa Georgiadis as he hosts online events throughout May.

Plant Stories – Thursday 5 May at 7:00pm (AEST)

Join Toni Roberts, Director and Designer at Hatchling Studio, and Raydeen Cuffe, Visitor Experience Team Member at Wellington Botanic Garden

Please join via Costa’s Facebook or Twitter pages

Rare Plants Large and Small – Thursday 12 May at 7:00pm (AEST)

Join this online session with Matt Coulter, Horticultural Curator at Botanic Gardens (SA), and PhD students at ANU (Canberra), Tobias Hayashi and Ryan O’Donnell.

Please join via Costa’s social media channels:

Plant Hunting – Thursday 19 May at 7:00pm (AEST)

Join Costa, with Emma Bodley, Botanical Records and Conservation Officer at Auckland Botanic Gardens, and Andre Messina, Botanist at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Please join via Costa’s social media channels:

Paleobotany and Gondwana – Thursday 26 May at 7:00pm (AEST)

Join this online session with Professor David Cantrill, Chief Botanist and Director at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Please join via Costa’s social media channels:

Plant Treasures – In Conversation

Nurseries and living collections play an important role in conserving native plant species. We’re hosting an Industry Webinar on Thursday 12 May to chat about current practice and future needs.

Hear from plant experts as they discuss interesting topics, including:
– cutting propagation in the conservation nursery
– trials, tribulations, and triumphs in managing a seed orchard
– biosecurity considerations in living collections

Register here


Botanic Gardens Day – Sunday 29 May

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.

More than 100 botanic gardens, arboreta and gardens across Australia and New Zealand will celebrate Botanic Gardens Day with their respective communities.

Find your nearest BGANZ garden


See and hear from Costa Georgiadis

On the morning of Botanic Gardens Day, hear from Costa on Melbourne Radio 3CR Gardening Show (855 AM Join from 8:15am to hear from Costa, but enjoy the whole segment from 7:30am to 9:15am with John Arnott, Clare Hart, Tex Moon and Tim Uebergang from Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.

If you are in the Cairns area, pop in and see Costa Georgiadis live at the Cairns Botanic Gardens on Sunday 29 May from around 8.30-9.30am.

If you are online, join Costa for breakfast via Facebook or Instagram, live from Cairns Botanic Gardens, and then head out to your nearest botanic garden and celebrate botanic gardens day.

Check your local botanic gardens website or Facebook pages to see what great activities they have planned for Botanic Gardens Day.


Botanic Gardens Day Background

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 celebrating the vital work botanic gardens do for plant conservation.

Many Gardens hold special events on the day every year. To find out what your local garden is planning check your local Gardens websites and social media channels for details.


Thanks to our Botanic Gardens #PlantLoversChallenge partner Seasol for their fantastic and ongoing support.

If you have any questions please forward to Dr Rebecca Harcourt: