After a season at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria’s Melbourne Gardens, experience Public Cooling House in the full summer sun at Cranbourne Gardens.

Inspired by conversations with scientists and artists about our water future, the Public Cooling House design draws from simple and ancient evaporative cooling techniques. Step inside and beat the heat; a cooling house attendant awaits to guide you through a special cooling experience.


Public Cooling House speaker series, Cranbourne Gardens

Saturday 23 February

12.30pm: Ricardo Simao

Title: Gardens for Wildlife: Lessons from the Bushland

Surrounding the Australian Garden at Cranbourne Gardens is a unique piece of paradise in a rapidly urbanising Melbourne. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria’s Manager of Environmental Systems, Ricardo Simao and his team monitor the plants, birds and animals that call this remnant bushland home. Hear from Ricardo about the challenges of caring for delicate ecosystems, and get some tips on how your garden can help our native species thrive. Afterwards, you’re invited to visit a nearby wetland with Ricardo. Sturdy shoes and long pants are a must for the wetland walk in case we encounter any of our beautiful local snakes. But don’t worry – Ricardo is  trained in snake handling and passionate about helping us understand, rather than fear, our resident reptiles.

2pm Dr Meg Hirst

Title: Raising Rarity

Get a taste of the incredible work going on in the National Herbarium of Victoria. Join researcher Dr Meg Hirst from the Victorian Conservation Seed Bank and hear about her work helping our rare and threatened flora survive in rising temperatures.  Following the talk, join Meg for a walk to the Research Garden to see her experiments in action. With a take-home gift of rare Victorian plant seed, you can raise rarity in your own garden and contribute to the survival of threatened plant species.

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Sat 23 / Feb 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Cranbourne Gardens
Cnr Ballarto Road and Botanic Drive, Cranbourne, VIC 3977 Australia



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