Celebration Stories in Australia

Queensland

The Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens in Queensland, Australia hosted a variety of information displays of plants which are threatened in the wild from our local bioregion, and which are currently being conserved at our Gardens (see attached fact sheet). Guided walks to view these plants were available every day at 9.30am from May 17th – May 21st to help raise awareness and celebrate International Plant Conservation Day on May 18th.

 


Victoria 

 The Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne has organized many activities for Plant Conservation Day, including:

Interactive Visitor Display
Located at the Visitor Centre, the display will allow visitors to access designated websites related to Plant Conservation Day and to learn about the role of botanic gardens in conserving threatened plant species and the actions they can take as individuals. 

Guided Walks
Two guided walks will be on offer to highlight the conservation work of botanic gardens. 

Outreach Education Program
RBG Melbourne’s outreach education program is funded by the George Alexander Foundation.  In collaboration with BGCI, this programme was extended to enable a school from regional Victoria to visit the Royal Botanic Gardens on Plant Conservation Day.  Teachers led students in exciting hands-on activities, including propagation and planting and students will learn about rare and threatened plants in their local area and what they can do to conserve them.   Following their visit to the Gardens, a horticultural staff member and Royal Botanic Gardens scientist visited the students at their schools to give them the skills and knowledge to care for their plants and the re-vegetation site.  Students were responsible for the care of the site.