Botanic Gardens Education Network – Australia and New Zealand
Author: Sharon Willoughby
Manager Public Programs, Cranbourne Gardens
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
Twitter: @ swilloster
Why do we want to engage our visitors and our community with our landscapes and collections – why are we trying to tell the special stories about our places? How can we do that more effectively?
Cost effective signage – Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria – Cranbourne Gardens.
These are some of the things that I have been thinking about alot over the last few months.
Firstly, as I was writing an article for Janelle Hatherly for the last edition of The BOTANIC GARDENer on the definition of interpretation (see page 30 here) and secondly this week as I prepared to talk to the latest network meeting of BGANZ Vic on simple and cost effective ways we can bring our gardens to life.
Here is the Powerpoint that I presented to BGANZ Vic:
By Kate Adams, Visitor Experience Co-ordinator, Australian National Botanic Garden
There is always something new and exciting to do at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Our afterDARK programs are great fun for the whole family and over the Spring season many visitors enjoyed our Scavenger Hunts. Families gathered for a night-time botanical scavenger hunt and by following clues they discovered treasures and treats while learning about our fantastic plant, animal and insect life.
We have a summer of fun and exciting activities planned for our visitors including Sunset Cinema, the annual Summer Sounds Concert Series and Luminous Botanicus III. Join us and enjoy one of the many great events on offer this summer. For more details check out the What’s On at http://www.parksaustralia.gov.au/botanic-gardens/do/whats-on.html
I’ll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm and the avalanche.
I’ll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can.
A report on the American Public Gardens Association Conference
Miami, USA, 6 – 10 June 2016.
By Sharon Willoughby
The American Public Gardens Association (APGA) is the peak organisation for Botanic and Public Gardens in the US (formerly the ABGA). In 2016 APGA and BGANZ established a formal partnership. Apart from the many benefits of connecting likeminded organisation and networks this new relationship will provide a conference registration scholarship, which will allow one member from each organisation to attend the reciprocal organisations annual conference without paying the conference registration fee. To cement this new partnership APGA invited me to attend and speak about the role of socially inclusive practice in a modern Botanic Garden at their international section dinner. My attendance was supported by BGANZ Council, BGANZ (Vic), RBGV and self-funding. Eamonn Flanagan the Executive Officer of BGANZ also attended the Conference.