As part of our current display (which is all about which plants are in our food), we’ve put together a garden trail for kids.
The pizza plants trail is designed to encourage children and families to grow simple plants at home that can then be used as tasty pizza toppings. We have a trail guide that can be picked up at our visitor centre, and then a series of signs in our edible garden and herb garden highlighting the relevant plants and their uses.
Kids are then also encouraged to pick up an envelope of beetroot seeds to grow at home once they have completed the trail.
Garden trails are very popular here at the Auckland Botanic Gardens, and we have printed 5000 copies to be distributed over the three month period of the theme.
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).
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
We’ve got some fun activities planned for the upcoming school holidays. We’ve created a mixture of bookable workshops and drop-in activities to ensure a wide range of styles within the programme as well as to reach different audiences.
We are using a blend of staff, volunteers and external providers to assist with offering the programme. All advertising has been through free media so it will be interesting to see what numbers of participants we have.
What are your plans for school holiday programmes?
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.