Australia Dr. Monica Ogierman
monica.ogierman@acpfg.com.au
Education Manager, ACPFG
National Coordinator, Fascination of Plants Day 2013

Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG)
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
University of Adelaide Waite Campus
Plant Genomics Centre
Hartley Grove, Urrbrae
Postal: PMB1 Glen Osmond SA 5064
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Australia Success Story 2013

 

The Australian Network for Plant Conservation

celebrated by launching a slide show of some Australia's most threatened plants. Images were submitted from across Australia.
View slide show here: http://anpc.asn.au/fascinationofplantsday2013.html

 

The Fascination of Plants Day Success Story 2013

  • Fascination of Plants Day photography competition - Winner
  • Fascination of Plants Day photography competition - Winner
  • The University of Western Australia.
  • Why are plants fascinating? The winner Maddy Gare from St. Peter’s College, South Australia,  (right) won an iPOD shuffle!
  • Why are plants fascinating? entry of the winner Maddy Gare
  • Ethnobotanist Dr Beth Gott conducting a tour of the Aboriginal Garden
  • Ethnobotanist Dr Beth Gott conducting a tour of the Aboriginal Garden
  • Ethnobotanist Dr Beth Gott conducting a tour of the Aboriginal Garden
  • Ethnobotanist Dr Beth Gott conducting a tour of the Aboriginal Garden
  • Ethnobotanist Dr Beth Gott conducting a tour of the Aboriginal Garden
  • Ethnobotanist Dr Beth Gott conducting a tour of the Aboriginal Garden
  • Members of the public listening to the guide, Diarshul Sandhu, speaking about the Waite Arboretum’s historic Elm Avenue
  •  Members of the public listening to the guide Jenny Birvé speaking about the Arboretum’s collection of dragon trees (Dracaena species).
  • Herbarium - All specimens are accompanied by a description, location and barcode reference
  • Herbarium - Michelle Waycott, Chief Botanist, talked about preserving plant samples

 

Fascination of Plants Day activities at the Waite Arboretum

Volunteer Arboretum guides took walks in the Waite Arboretum at 10.00am, 12.00 noon and at 2.00pm on Saturday 18th May 2013. Each walk lasted 90 minutes and guides highlighted different aspects of the ways that trees sustain and enrich our lives.
watch 2 photos in the slideshow above:

  • Members of the public listening to the guide, Diarshul Sandhu, speaking about the Waite Arboretum’s historic Elm Avenue
  • Members of the public listening to the guide Jenny Birvé speaking about the Arboretum’s collection of dragon trees (Dracaena species).

Event: Step into the Garden
Location: Adelaide Botanic Garden

The Botanic Gardens of Adelaide, in collaboration with RiAus, ran a full day of activities for Fascination of Plants Day. The morning kicked off with guided tours of the State Herbarium of South Australia, where visitors were given a behind the scenes look at their dried plant specimens. Taking advantage of the nice weather, a morning tour of the Adelaide Botanic Garden exposed the impact of plants throughout history, both in medicine and as commodities, while an afternoon tour explored photosynthesis and featured a visiting scientist. There was something for the kids too, with a great art-science activity in the afternoon that explored patterns in nature. Over 80 participants enjoyed the opportunity to step into the garden, while learning some science along the way.

Fascination of Plants Day 2013 – Summary from Australia

  • 14 organisations took part
  • Australians seemed to choose getting outdoors!
  • Many guided Tours of Herbariums, Arboretums, native Australian gardens and Botanical Gardens, with an emphasis on plants throughout history and how plants sustain and enrich our lives
  • Art-science competitions, exploring the patterns in nature
  • Talks about the history of Arboretums
  • Slide shows showing some of Australia’s most threatened plants. Images were submitted from across the country! http://anpc.asn.au/fascinationofplantsday2013.html.
  • Digital photo competitions
  • Biotechnology workshops focusing on in the role plants play in food production, with a competition.

Text from the winning school student: Tell us why you think plants are important?
“Plants contribute more to life on earth than humans, despite not even being able to communicate verbally or walk. Plants could live without humans but humans could not live without plants and therefore plants are the most important living organisms on earth”

Can’t argue with that!!

 

Who took part?

  • Botanical Gardens
  • Science Organisations: Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus): Questacon
  • Australian Network for Plant Conservation
  • Research organisations
  • Schools