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Royal Botanic Garden Sydney what’s on March – May 2014

February 27, 2014

 

 

* SYDNEY Botanical Gardens what’s on

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney walks, Clay to Flowers Exhibition, Autumn Vibes, children’s activities, Enamels & Textiles, Margaret Flockton Award  and loads more.

  •  March – May 2014

All Autumn Free Guided Walks

Join a guided walk led by a knowledgeable volunteer to learn about the plants and animals located in the Garden as well as the Garden’s fascinating history. Suitable for individuals and small family groups

When: 10.30 am daily (1.5 hours). No walks are conducted on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or Good Friday.
Where: Walks depart from the Information Counter at the Palm Grove Centre, near the Garden Shop in the RoyalBotanic Garden, Sydney.

Groups: For organised groups, bookings are essential and fees apply. Call 9231 8134 for more information.

All Autumn Aboriginal Heritage Walks
Learn the richly diverse history and culture of the Aboriginal people of the Sydney region with an Aboriginal guide in the heart of the city. Uncover the RoyalBotanic Garden’s rich Aboriginal heritage by exploring plant uses, culture, artefacts and tasting some bush foods.

An important ceremonial site for many of the Sydney Aboriginal clans and home to the Cadigal clan, Wogganmagule (Farm Cove) and its surrounds offered an impressive and carefree existence. With a diverse array of bush foods, ample fresh water and a plentiful supply of seafood from the harbour, it was paradise for the local Aboriginal people for thousands of years.

When: 10 am Fridays (1.5 hours)
Where: Tours depart from the Information Counter at the Palm Grove Centre, near the Garden Shop in the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney.
Cost: See Guided Tour fees for 2014
Bookings essential: 9231 8134

Booked Aboriginal Heritage Tours are available Monday to Friday on request. 

Saturday 1 March to Thursday 13 March
Clay to Flowers Exhibition
Celebrating two of Japan’s most exquisite art-forms, stunning floral arrangements created by teachers of the SogetsuIkebanaSchool will be displayed with ceramic vessels designed by celebrated ceramic artists including Mitsuo Shoji.

When: 10 am – 3 pm
Where: Lion Gate Lodge, the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
Cost: Free
Enquiries: 9231 8182

Sunday 9 March Autumn Vibes
Join us for Autumn Vibes when we launch the Autumn in Your Gardens festival and celebrate our connections to plants from across the globe.

Plants: we need them!

  • Life without the coffee beans of Ethiopia – unbearable
  • Life without the wine grapes of Georgia – unthinkable
  • Life without aspirin from willow trees – painful
  • Life without rice – unimaginable

Each year we focus on a particular region and this year we will be highlighting the African plant collection. The RoyalBotanic Garden, Sydney will come alive to the exciting beat of African drums, magical voices, contemporary and African dancers. There will be drumming workshops where you can get into the groove. Children, too, can move to the beat with a drum aerobics workshop!

The popular Garden Safari is back – an adventure in food and nature for the whole family.

The Volunteer Guides have designed a special themed walk called Gondwanan Cousins. On this 45-minute walk, uncover the origins of plants that you may have growing in your own garden. Many of our favourite plants are from Africa, such as dietes, clivias, proteas and bird of paradise.

We will also incorporate our other plant collections from Asia and Australia. Always enjoyed is the traditional Japanese tea ceremony in the Herb Garden Pavilion by the Urasenke Sydney Association. In the Lion Gate Lodge, enjoy Ikebana and Ceramics demonstrations as teachers of the SogetsuIkebanaSchool show the art of Japanese floral arrangement. Students of the celebrated ceramicist Mitsuo Shoji will demonstrate some of the techniques involved in creating ceramic vessels.

The AutumnVibesVillage will be full of life, with plants from the Growing Friends for sale, multicultural food stalls, captivating performances and more. The rhythms of Africa will be pulsing through Garden as well as the mesmerising power and beauty of TaikOz and an inspiring performance by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Percussion Ensemble.

We welcome back to the Joseph Maiden Theatre the brilliant pianist Gerard Willems. New to the program is renowned classical saxophonist Michael Duke as well as international classical guitarist Marco Tamayo. 

When: 10 am – 4 pm both
Where: Around the Garden, RoyalBotanic Garden Sydney
Cost: Free
Enquiries: 9231 8111

Sunday 9 March Autumn Vibes Children’s Activities
Three fun activities to choose from: a storytelling adventure, building a mini-sculpture of a native animal & making clay creations inspired by the exhibition in Lion Gate Lodge.

 When: 10 am – 4 pm (each activity takes 30 minutes)
Where: Meet at the Autumn Vibes Children’s Activities registration tent, Mare and Foal Lawn, RoyalBotanic Garden, Sydney
Cost: $5 per activity
Bookings essential: at the Autumn Vibes Village Children’s Activities registration tent, Mare and Foal Lawn

Sunday 9 March to Sunday 1 June Garden Safari
An adventure in food and nature
On the hunt for edible plants! Use the map to find the eight safari stops, answer the quiz questions, unravel the riddle and claim your edible plant prize!

 When: 9 am – 5 pm
Where: Collect your Safari Kit from the Garden Shop, RoyalBotanic Garden, Sydney
Cost: $5 Suitable for children aged 6-12 years
Enquiries: 9231 8331

 Saturday 29 March Ikebana Workshop
Sandra Marker, teacher of the modern Sogetsu School of Ikebana, will introduce you to the basic techniques of ikebana, the ancient floral art of Japan.

 When: 10 am – 3 pm
Where: Moore Room, RoyalBotanic GardenSydney
Cost: $85.50 member, $95 non-member
Bookings: 9231 8134

Saturday 29 March Melinda Young Jewellery Workshop
Join contemporary jewellery designer Melinda Young for a workshop exploring the beauty and wearable potential of natural materials. The workshop includes a series of experimental exercises and also introduces participants to stringing and binding methods. Cost includes materials, morning tea and lunch.

 When: 9.30 am – 4 pm
Where: Joseph Maiden Theatre, RoyalBotanic GardenSydney
Cost: $130 member, $150 non-member
Bookings: 9231 8182 or online

Friday 11 April Garden after Dark Walk

Discover the Garden after the gates are locked. The sights, sounds and smells at night are quite different to those of the day. Be ready for encounters with some of the Garden’s residents, such as owls, tawny frogmouths and possums, which may be out and about. Hear stories about some of the plants as well as the history behind this botanic garden. If you feel eyes are following you in the shadows, it may only be those of the resident marble statues. Hear their stories as well. Bring a torch and be prepared for two hours’ walking in the dark, including on uneven surfaces and steps. Refreshments at 5.30 pm and walk from 6 pm.

When: 5.30 pm – 8 pm
Where: Start at the Foundation & Friends Terrace, RoyalBotanic GardenSydney
Cost: Foundation & Friends’ Member $35, non-members $40, children 8-16 years $30. Not suitable for children under 8 years.
Bookings: 9231 8182 or online
Enquiries: For more information phone the Foundation & Friends’ office on 9231 8182 or visit the Foundation and Friends’ website

Wednesday 23 April Gallipoli in the 21st Century – Talk by Peter Fitzsimons

As we prepare to remember and commemorate our fallen soldiers on Anzac Day, join Peter Fitzsimons, Australia’s best-selling non-fiction author over the last 10 years, for a talk entitled, How should we regard Gallipoli in the 21st Century? Where does it fit? Peter is currently writing a new book discussing this topic and will share with you some insights and highlights from his research and what is sure to be the next best-seller.

When: 5.30 pm for 6 pm – 8 pm
Where: Joseph Maiden Theatre, RoyalBotanic GardenSydney
Cost: Foundation & Friends’ Member $20, non-members $25
Includes refreshments at 5.30 pm
Bookings: essential 9231 8182 or online
Enquiries: For more information phone the Foundation & Friends’ office on 9231 8182 or visit the Foundation and Friends’ website 

Friday 25 April ANZAC DAY – Special Free Guided Walk
Garden Memories of War and Peace

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney has strong connections to war and peace. On this walk you will discover, through plants and memorials, the importance the Garden has to generations of military personnel and their families.

When: 10.30 am – 12 pm
Where: Meeting point at the Information Booth at the Botanic Garden Shop
Cost: Free
Enquiries: 9231 8317 

Transport Infoline: www.131500.com.au/ or 131 500
Domain Car Park: http://www.domaincarpark.com.au/ or 9232 6165
Metered Parking: Hospital Rd, Art Gallery Rd & Mrs Macquaries Rd ($7 ph 8 am – 8 pm or $3 ph 8 pm – 8 am).

 Thursday 8 May 2014 CYCADS – REVISITED

 Today’s cycads are no longer regarded as ‘dinosaur plants’ – the same as those growing in the Jurassic period. Instead, they have evolved independently only 10 million years ago. The RoyalBotanic Garden, Sydney, has both an important living collection of cycads and a leading Scientist in the area of cycad research. This talk and walk covers information about cycads, pollination, biology, human uses and conservation issues of these most fascinating and endangered plants.

When: 10 am for 10.30 am – 12.30 pm
Where: Joseph Maiden Theatre, RoyalBotanic GardenSydney
Cost: Foundation & Friends’ member $20, non-members $25
Includes refreshments at 10 am
Bookings: essential 9231 8182 or online
Enquiries: For more information phone the Foundation & Friends’ office on 9231 8182 or visit the Foundation and Friends’ website 

Wednesday 14 May 2014 Citrus Talk

 Mark Engall, of Engall’s Nursery, will uncover the secrets of growing citrus, whether in your garden or in a pot. He will discuss different varieties of citrus and display many of his favourites, with some taste-testing. Find out how to deal with common pests and diseases of citrus. Time will be allowed for questions.

When:  12 pm for 12.30 am – 1.30 pm
Where: Joseph Maiden Theatre, RoyalBotanic GardenSydney
Cost: Foundation & Friends’ Member $20, non-members $25
Includes refreshments at 12 pm
Bookings: essential 9231 8182 or online
Enquiries: For more information phone the Foundation & Friends’ office on 9231 8182 or visit the Foundation and Friends’ website

 

Friday 23 May 2014 Botanica – The Art of Seduction: Plants and Pollinators
Opening Night

 

 Join some of Australia’s leading botanical artists for this special opening night party. Enjoy a drink in the beautiful gardens of Lion Gate Lodge and view this year’s exhibition before it opens to the public.

 When:  6 pm – 8 pm
Where: Lion Gate Lodge, RoyalBotanic Garden Sydney
Cost: Foundation & Friends’ Member $45, non-members $55
Includes canapés and refreshments
Bookings: essential 9231 8182
Enquiries: For more information phone the Foundation & Friends’ office on 9231 8182 or visit the Foundation and Friends’ website

Saturday 24 May – Sunday 15 June 2014 Botanica – The Art of Seduction: Plants and Pollinators

 This year Australia’s leading botanical art exhibition features works by both botanic and natural science artists that capture the diversity, stunning beauty and intricacies of plants and, for the first time, their pollinators.

All works are for sale.

 When:  10 am – 4 pm
Where: Lion Gate Lodge, RoyalBotanic Garden Sydney
Cost: Free
Enquiries: For more information phone the Foundation & Friends’ office on 9231 8182 or visit the Foundation and Friends’ website

Saturday 24 May – Sunday 15 June 2014 Margaret Flockton Award and exhibition

The Margaret Flockton Award is recognised as the leading award of its kind worldwide for scientific botanical illustrations in black and white.  This stunning exhibition, including the 2014 Margaret Flockton Award winner, showcases the extraordinary detail of the illustrators work in documenting the botanical features of their subject.

Selected works will be for sale.

When:  10 am – 4 pm
Where: Joseph Maiden Theatre, RoyalBotanic GardenSydney
Cost: Free
Enquiries: 9231 8111

Tuesday 27 May – Monday 9 June 2014 Enamels & Textiles Exhibition

Heather is celebrating over 40 years of working with enamels, exploring and researching techniques,  She still finds the combination of glass, metal and fire exciting and challenging as each piece comes out of the kiln- from red hot to dark colours to the final piece.

The brilliant colours and durability of enamel are combined in wall pieces, small sculpture and with gemstones in necklaces.  Leather and timber boxes have enamel set in their lids.

Elizabeth weaves mainly in hand-dyed wool and silk, producing scarves and wraps with a luxurious handle and unique colouring. The scale of pieces range from filmy fine yarns to heavy rugs 

When:  10 am – 4 pm
Where: Palm House, RoyalBotanic Garden Sydney
Cost: Free
Enquiries: 9231 8111

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