Nature play is essential for children’s development and wellbeing, and at Little Seeds, your kids will get active collecting seeds, planting veggies, exploring the Gardens and bug hunting, as well as building friendships and experiencing quieter moments of observation and wonder. Follow the link in our bio to book in for a term or an introductory session. 🐞🌿🍄
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This week’s Flowering Friday is Ribes aureum, commonly known as the Golden Currant. Edemic to North America, Ribes aureum is widely distributed and occurs naturally in a diverse range of plant communities, often in areas of higher groundwater. Ribes aureum can reach a height of 3 metres, and from winter to early spring it produces edible, delicately-scented yellow flowers which brighten up any garden where it’s planted. After flowering, Ribes aureum produces small, golden-orange berries from which its common name is derived. You can find this winter beauty growing in the California Collection at Melbourne Gardens.
Misty magic 😍 Gorgeous shot of Cranbourne Gardens captured in winter beauty by @susijenanderson. #royalbotanicgardensvic
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Join scientists from across the globe as they gather to share their inspiring efforts to conserve fungi at the Australasian Fungi Red List Workshop. A free Public Forum will be held on the evening of Tuesday 23rd July, which will be opened by Tim Entwisle. Click on the link in our profile for booking information. 🍄 Image: @heraldsunphoto
Celebrate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples by delving into the rich history of local First Peoples. Learn about their connections to plants on Bush Food Experience and finish off with a tasting of delicious foods prepared by @charcoallanefitzroy and inspired by the native plants seen on the walk. Click on the link in our profile to book. #royalbotanicgardensvic
Little Seeds is coming back for Term 3! 🌿Come together with other families and explore the organic Kitchen Garden in this eight-week journey. 🐞 You'll meet minibeasts, 🌱 plants seeds, 🍂 observe seasonal changes and celebrate the group’s work with a harvest 🌾. For kids aged 3-5 (and their adults!). Click on the link in our profile to find out how to join. #royalbotanicgardensvic
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This week’s flowering Friday is Hibiscus insularis, commonly known as the Philip Island Hibiscus. The stunning flowers on this large, dense shrub first open cream coloured, but fade to a soft rose pink the day after they open. New flowers will continue to bloom over many weeks. Critically Endangered, Hibiscus insularis only occurs naturally on a single small island just off Norfolk Island, but fortunately it grows well in Melbourne’s climate. Hibiscus insularis enjoys full sun and good soil, and is both drought and frost tolerant. It makes for a fantastic screening plant with only light pruning. You ...
Swipe across ➡️ Recognise these plants? 🌿 You can probably name them in English, but do you know which is Warraworrap and which is Warrak in the Boonwurrung language? Take your guess, or better yet, join the #naidoc2019 Celebration at Cranbourne Gardens tomorrow and learn all about Indigenous names for local plants. There'll also be performances by @kee.ahn, Kutcha Edwards and @djirridjirri, damper making, wellness workshops, Indigenous games and a free BBQ. 🍃 On from 10am–2pm, drop in anytime. Click on the link in our profile for the full program of events. #royalbotanicgardensvic
This lovely native orchid species is Pterostylis hians, commonly known as the Opera House Greenhood. Presumed extinct in the wild, only a handful of plants remain in cultivation, including a colony growing at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria's Cranbourne Gardens. The Orchid Conservation Project team at the Gardens are currently hand-pollinating these flowers with the aim to build up numbers and reintroduce Pterostylis hians back into its natural habitat. Fantastic work!
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Flowering Friday this week is Notelaea lloydii, also known as Lloyd’s Olive. This medium sized evergreen shrub is endemic to south-eastern Queensland, Australia. In the wild, Notelaea lloydii grows on undulating to hilly terrain either in moist gullies or dry slopes. Its small, pastel yellow flowers usually bloom over winter-spring, in groups of about 20 along the plants’ leaf axils. Notelaea lloydii a vulnerable species, with its primary threat being habitat loss and degradation due to urban development. Some Notelaea lloydii specimens growing at the Melbourne Gardens have been wild-collected from the Mt Crosby area, on the western outskirts ...
Due to popular demand, we’ve just added another free Birds in the Australian Garden tour during the school holidays. Listen and look out for birds like this beautiful Eastern Yellow Robin as you explore the stunning landscape. Click on the link in our profile to book your spot. #royalbotanicgardensvic
There's a spectacular view of one of Melbourne's iconic buildings from the Temple of the Winds. Can you guess what it is (or better yet – have you seen it?) Beautiful shot by @katemarieoz 🌵 #royalbotanicgardensvic
Hands up if you're joining Winter in the Gardens this Wednesday for free pop-up nature play? 🙋 Swipe through to see some of the activities our Learning team has planned. Which will be your little one's fave? 🍂 For more details about the day, click through the link in our profile. 🍄 #royalbotanicgardensvic
Banksias, one of Australia’s most iconic types of native plants, are in full flower over the winter months in our Australian Garden. Banksia menziesii, commonly known as Firewood Banksia, produces masses of large flowers throughout winter – and nectar-loving birds flock to them! #royalbotanicgardensvic