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Greener, wilder

Two unforgettable experiences blending science, art and culture, Greener, wilder is for all ages as part of The Festival of Place. Connecting scientists with the community, Greener, wilder connects visitors to the plants, ecology and Indigenous heritage of two of Western Sydney’s most cherished parklands and gardens, the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan and Western Sydney Parklands. Presenting two free events that take place on the ground between June to September 2022. Bringing together science, art, culture, and community in two great public spaces.

Proudly supported by Inspiring Australia NSW as part of the Festival of Place.

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Botanic Gardens Day

Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan

Learn about the fascinating world of botanic science and horticulture as The Festival of Place heads to the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan to celebrate Botanic Gardens Day on Saturday May 28.

Celebrated by over 100 botanic gardens across Australia every year, Botanic Gardens Day aims to highlight the important work botanic gardens undertake to understand and protect plants while inspiring the next generation of researchers.

From free science talks and demonstrations to hands-on children’s activities, this is your chance to go behind-the-scenes and learn about the important and interesting work that scientists, horticulturists, and other passionate experts are doing to protect plants for future generations.

A variety of interactive and educational stalls will be set up along the forecourt of the brand-new National Herbarium of NSW and visitors are invited to explore the exhibition space of the new world-class facility where over 1 million plant specimens are stored and used for cutting-edge research.

There will also be plenty of opportunities to relax and recharge with a variety of food trucks on offer and a pop-up listening station to sample some of the Garden’s best Branch Out podcast episodes.

Nature Play at Western Sydney Parklands

Head to Sydney’s biggest backyard to connect with nature in Western Sydney Parklands’ green spaces.

Enjoy the benefits of connecting with the natural world and learn about First Nations cultural knowledge. Create a Bush Craft Village by making a mud kitchen, building a shelter and cooking on an open fire. Connect to Nature in Forest Bathing Walks and by participating in Mindful in Nature workshops, mindful movement programs and Deep Listening activities in collaboration with Aboriginal artists and facilitators.

Proudly supported by Inspiring Australia NSW as part of the Festival of Place.

Event details to be announced June 2022.