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Saturday May 28 | 10am to 3pm

Botanic Gardens Day | May 28

Learn about the fascinating world of botanic science and horticulture as The Festival of Place heads to the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan’s free community event to celebrate Botanic Gardens Day on Saturday May 28.

Celebrated by over 100 botanic gardens across Australia every year, Botanic Gardens Day aims to highlight the important work botanic gardens undertake to understand and protect plants while inspiring the next generation of researchers. Download the event map and see 'important information' further below for presentation and tour times, free shuttle bus service details and parking information. 

  • Free shuttle bus services to and from Campbelltown train station and within the garden (see important info below for more detail)
  • Science & horticulture presentations (see important info below for speakers and times)
  • Hands-on activities for the whole family
  • Interactive and educational stalls along the forecourt of the brand-new National Herbarium of NSW 
  • Food trucks & a podcast listening station to sample some of the Garden’s best Branch Out podcast episodes.

This event is part of the NSW Government’s Festival of Place that celebrates the breadth, beauty and possibilities of NSW’s great public spaces and is proudly supported by Inspiring Australia.


Saturday May 28 | 10am to 3pm


Free – entry requirements are that you must comply with the existing public health orders




Adults and accompanied children


Free shuttle services. See 'important information' further below.
Important information

Free shuttle bus services

To help make your trip to the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan easier we are providing two shuttle bus services for all visitors coming to our Botanic Gardens Day event.

Campbelltown train station shuttle service to/from Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan  

The shuttle bus will run from Campbelltown Train Station (Stand C) to Yandel’ora Circuit at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan for drop off outside the National Herbarium of New South Wales entrance. The shuttle bus will enter and exit the Garden via Mount Annan Drive.

Campbelltown train station (stand C) to Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan (Herbarium, Yandel'ora Circuit)
Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan (Herbarium, Yandel'ora Circuit) to Campbelltown train station (stand C)
10.30am 10.30am
11am 11.30am
11.30am 12.30pm
12pm 1.30pm
1pm 2.30pm
2pm 3.30pm

Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan internal loop shuttle service

We are also providing a free shuttle service to help you get around Australia’s biggest botanic garden on the day of the event. The internal loop service will run one way on Caley Drive from 9.30am to 3.30pm allowing you to park further away on site and get the shuttle service to and from the event taking place at and around the National Herbarium of New South Wales and the Australian PlantBank. The internal shuttle bus will loop past the car parks at Big Idea, Wattle and Banksia and collect patrons and drive to Yandel’ora Circuit and drop off outside the Herbarium Entrance. Download the pdf of the shuttle route. 

Parking onsite

There is limited parking bays available. We will manage the parking areas to fill each car park before directing vehicles onto the next allocated available parking spaces.

Science and Horticulture presentations

Time Talk title Speaker
10.15am - 10.45am The journey of over 1 million plant specimens to Mount Annan Dr Hannah McPherson
Collections Manager, National Herbarium of New South Wales
11.00am - 11.30am Olivieating the problem - winning the weed war John Siemon
Director of Horticulture, Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust
11.45am - 12.15pm Life after the olive branch Michael Elgey
Curator Manager, Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan
12.30pm - 1.00pm Threatened terrestrial orchid propogation Jessica Wait
Technical Officer for Plant Collection & Research, Australian PlantBank
1.15pm - 1.45pm Wildflowers from the ashes of a Black Summer Dr Peter Cuneo
Manager of the Seedbank & Restoration Research, Australian PlantBank
  Australian PlantBank Back to Nature Nursery iNaturalist
Summary See science in action on a tour of the Australian PlantBank facility, the award-winning home of plant conservation research. Join multilingual guides on an walk of the Cumberland Plain Woodland and come together to reflect and record your experience in a special flashbook (provided). Join our Horticultural Specialist on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Garden's nursery and learn about what we're doing to continue conservation work both in the Garden and across NSW Join Thomas Mesaglio and Russell Barrett on a walk around the Garden as they point out interesting plants, bugs and everything in between, and demonstrate the iNaturalist app - the world’s biggest online biodiversity citizen science platform.
Start times 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm 10.30am - English
12pm - Arabic & English
1.30pm - Arabic, Farsi & English
10.30am 11am, 1pm
Departure point See tour departure icon on event map See tour departure icon on event map See tour departure icon on event map iNaturalist stall - see stalls icon on event map 
Duration 30 mins 1 hour 1 hour 1 hour
Max capacity 15 12 20 15
This Saturday your little ones can join in the fun at Nature Play sessions!

These 1 hour sessions will be starting at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm.

We’ll be experimenting with recycled and natural materials, learning about and creating water catchment systems and models of the rammed earth walls of the Herbarium.

No bookings required; meet at the Gully across from the Herbarium entrance. Children are to be accompanied by a caregiver for the session.