Hunter Region Botanic Gardens hosts National Science Week display, talks

How plants work was being explored at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens this week.

As part of National Science Week, a display exploring the topic of plants has been established in the Heatherbrae-based Gardens’ environment pavilion.

Long-time volunteer Kevin McDonald, a retired senior lecturer in biological sciences at the University of Newcastle, organised the static and partly interactive display.

Between 9am and 4pm on Sunday, August 19, Mr McDonald will speak about botany in the pavilion. 

Botany is the study of plants – their structure, classification, distribution, ecology and uses.

Mr McDonald said he would be available on Sunday to provide information and give informal talks about the items on display, and botany as a science.

“The display comprises of numerous boards carrying illustrated information about plants, together with a range of plant specimens and accompanying signage,” Mr McDonald said.

“A key feature of the presentation will be the availability of a range of simple observations and experiments which those people attending may perform if they wish.

“The overall theme of the display and presentation is discover how plants work.

“There will also be numerous free handouts available for visitors.”

Access to the display is free.

However, there is an entry fee to the gardens: $2 per person or $5 per family.

Bookings to hear from Mr McDonald and learn from the display can be made for groups such as high school students.

Mr McDonald can be available during the week to speak with visitors.

“Visitors are most welcome to stroll around the paths at the gardens to view the specific theme gardens, as well as obtaining refreshments at the Kookaburra Café,” Mr McDonald said.

Inquires can be made to Belinda Blanch on 4987 1655.

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