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Shared Dreams and Destinies: Botanic Gardens of Melbourne and Sydney with Tim Entwisle
Saturday 28 April | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Professor Tim Entwisle talks about the Melbourne and Sydney Botanic Gardens which celebrated their 170th and 200th birthdays in 2016. These are two of the older botanic gardens outside of Europe and demonstrate how beautiful heritage landscapes can display and interpret stunning plant collections.
Both gardens stuttered in their beginnings but through the varied influences of directors such as Charles Moore, Ferdinand Mueller, William Guilfoyle and Joseph Maiden, it’s fair to say they exceeded expectations by the early years of the twentieth century. There are some curious parallels in their development, and undoubtedly more in their future. Climate change, financial security and that growing community ailment, ‘plant blindness’, will test both gardens as they negotiate the next century or two.
Professor Tim Entwisle is a scientist, scientific communicator and botanic gardens director. He took up the role of Director and Chief Executive of Royal Botanic Gardens in March 2013, following two years in a senior role at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, and eight years as Executive Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust in Sydney. Tim writes for a variety of science, nature and garden magazines and maintains an active social media profile (including his popular ‘Talkingplants’ blog). He is a regular on ABC Radio National, including contributions to Blueprint for Living, hosting two summer series of Talking Plants and co-hosting In Season.
This event is run as part of the National Trust’s Australian Heritage Festival.
Cost: Gold Coin Donation
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