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Which plants are in our foods?

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Our autumn display at the Auckland Botanic Gardens is all about which plants are in our foods, and the importance of plants in the world. The display runs from mid-March to May. It  will include a large visitor centre display of 2.4m high groceries (photos to come), videos of crop and food production, a kid’s trail (all about pizza!), a painted mural on one of our walls and interactive activities throughout our visitor centre (such as a ‘spice tour’ of spices under the microscope, a snack station featuring the plant ingredients in our snacks and a garden party ‘sniffer station’ to engage the senses and guess the plants used to make some of our favourite party foods).

The aim of the display is to highlight the importance of plants, and to encourage visitors to grow some simple food plants at home. Continue reading “Which plants are in our foods?”

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?

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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:

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I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Cheers

Sharon

Interpretation: Bringing your Collection to Life