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Auckland Botanic Gardens backs inaugural Botanic Garden Open Day

Auckland Botanic Gardens backs inaugural Botanic Garden Open Day
May 24, 2016

Auckland Council’s Botanic Gardens will join 72 other botanic gardens, arboreta and public gardens across Australia and New Zealand in a world-first mass open day on Sunday 29th May.

Jack Hobbs, event ambassador and Manager of Auckland Botanic Gardens, says the open day, designed to celebrate botanic gardens, gives all Australians and New Zealanders a chance to see how these important public gardens conserve plants.

Hobbs explains “we depend on plants to enhance our environment and our lives.

“At Auckland Botanic Gardens we hold a huge collection of more than 10,000 plants that thrive in our local conditions. These are the best kinds of plants for Aucklanders to come and see before choosing plants for their own gardens.”

Special events are planned for the open day in Manurewa, including guided walks with tree expert Mike Wilcox, and workshops on choosing trees, hosted by Hobbs.

Hobbs, was a presenter of television gardening programmes from 1991 until 2003, including eight years as a presenter on Maggie's Garden Show, adds “every tree has its own story, from the hardy liquid amber that displays brilliant red, orange and purple leaves in the autumn, to the aromatic lemon myrtle - a gift from our friends across the Tasman.”

Curator Bec Stanley will lead a walk at 1.30pm, sharing fascinating insights into the world of epiphytes - plants that grow up trees. Auckland Council’s Biodiversity team will also be on hand to give free, expert advice on how to build biodiversity in home gardens.

Hobbs concludes “children particularly enjoy a day out in the gardens, so we’ll have fun tree-trail scavenger hunts and tree-themed art activities throughout the day, just for them.”

The Botanic Garden Australia and New Zealand Open Day is being held at over 70 location from 10am to 3pm on Sunday 29th May 2016.

Click here to view a YouTube video of Hobbs and other New Zealand Botanic Garden managers marking Botanic Gardens Open Day (#BGANZOpenDay).

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