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2017 Australasian Botanic Gardens Volunteer Guides Conference - Informed Guiding: Discovering the mystery and magic of our Gardens

Parallel Sessions

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Parallel Sessions

Monday afternoon’s program will give you plenty of opportunity to walk off your lunch. After lunch, and before afternoon tea at the Shine Dome, we expect that most people will elect to listen to Dr Ben Walcott’s talk in the Shine Dome. For the very fit among you, who will enjoy a lot of walking during the afternoon, there is a choice of two guided walks. Choose carefully because, after tea, there is a 25 minute walk from the Shine Dome to the ANBG, where there will be time for a short breather before going on one of the ANBG tours at 3:45. Please note that there will be some transport for those who cannot manage the 25 minute walk  from the Shine Dome to the ANBG.

Option 1: Dr Ben Walcott ‘Gardens that have influenced us’ talk in the Shine Dome

Walcott gardenBen and Ros Walcott have created a large native garden in Red Hill, a suburb of Canberra. Those who select ‘A Garden City’ out and about tour will visit the Walcotts’ beautiful garden. This talk reflects on the many gardens worldwide that have inspired its creation. The Walcott garden was featured in the Gardening Australia program on 27th May 2017.

Option 2: Walking tour of the NewActon precinct

At the intersection of highway, lake, city and university is the award-winning precinct of NewActon. Heritage architecture overlaps with commercial use, which in turn merges with residential high-rise. One can walk between buildings, across lawns and gardens to lanes with cafes and restaurants. At each step, there is something to see, such as sculptures on street corners, the paved eastern courtyard with its oak tree that provides shade for musical events in summer, several community-run vegetable gardens and the western courtyard with its seating among native vegetation.

Enjoy a one-hour guided tour of this precinct (across the road from the Shine Dome), led by Johnathan Efkarpidis, NewActon guide.

Option 3: A walk among the trees on the Australian National University campus

Linnaeus Way, ANU - by Huw from Canberra, Australia[CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Australian National University, which was established in 1946, is an arboretum in the heart of Canberra. The campus contains over 10,000 trees, both exotics and natives, some of which predate the university. This walk will start at the Shine Dome and will explore the trees around the older part of the campus, including those around University House which was built in 1953.

The walk will be led by Jan Morgan, an ANU graduate who these days leads walks there as part of her U3A courses on the Trees of the National Arboretum. The ANU Arborist, Melinda Walker, will accompany us.

[Photo: Linnaeus Way, ANU by Huw from Canberra, Australia. CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons]

 

 

The Shine Dome, Canberra [Spelio 2009 CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]

The Shine Dome, Canberra
[Photo:Spelio 2009 CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]

 

 

Last updated on 2 June 2017

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