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ACT Branch: Lecture: Shared dreams and destinies: botanic gardens of Melbourne and Sydney

4 July 2019 @ 6:00 pm AEST

Speaker: Professor Timothy J. Entwisle

A joint event with the Friends of the National Library.

Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden turned 200 in 2016, and Melbourne’s celebrates its 175th in 2021. They are two of the older botanic gardens outside of Europe, and today they demonstrate how beautiful heritage landscapes can display and interpret stunning plant collections. Both stuttered in their beginnings but through the varied influences of directors such as Charles Moore, Ferdinand Mueller, William Guilfoyle and Joseph Maiden, it’s fair to say they exceeded expectations by the early years of the twentieth century. There are some curious parallels in their development, and undoubtedly more in their future. Climate change, financial security and that growing community ailment, ‘plant blindness’, will test both gardens as they negotiate the next century or two.

Professor Timothy J Entwisle is Director and Chief Executive of Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, home to two of the world’s most beautiful and inspiring botanic garden landscapes, in Melbourne and Cranbourne. Under his leadership the RBGV is transforming into an outward-looking organisation with a focus as much on people as plants. Creative events such as Fire Gardens in October 2018 illustrate the mix of nature, culture and science that Tim sees as the strength of a contemporary botanic garden.

Tim is a highly respected scientist, scientific communicator and botanic gardens director. He took up the role at RBGV in March 2013, following two years in a senior role at Royal Botanic  Gardens, Kew, and eight years as Executive Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust in Sydney. He is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at The University of Melbourne, and a regular contributor to print, radio (including ABC RN’s Blueprint for Living) and social media.

He has a broad interest in all plants and related life forms. You can visit his blog at

Venue: Theatre, National Library of Australia.

Information: bookings will be through the NLA and details will appear in the April Branch Newsletter.


4 July 2019
6:00 pm AEST
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