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12/11/2016 10:00am - 13/11/2016 4:00pm

Gardens in Print

As part of the Ballarat Gardens in Spring weekend program, the BMI will be open with a display of rare items from their heritage collection on November 12 & 13.

The exhibition will showcase plant specimens collected by Baron Ferdinand Von Mueller in the 1870s, alongside associated books about plants and gardens in the Heritage Reading Room. In the lending library, enjoy floral images from the Max Harris Collection and flower displays by BMI volunteers.

The BMI collection holds many treasures and this is an opportunity to see some up close and personal and hear about their stories. This exhibition will be a great addition to the many Open Gardens open over the weekend, and visits to the Archibald.

Ferdinand von Mueller was one of Australia’s best-known nineteenth-century scientists. He earned a considerable international reputation for his work in describing the Australian flora. Employed by the Victorian Government, he was Government Botanist (1853–1896) as well as Director of the Melbourne Botanic Gardens (1857–1873). He was involved with the Ballarat School of Mines, examining the subject of Botany in the 1880s. He also donated collections of medicinal & leguminous fodder plants seeds for the gardens, one that still exists at the SMB campus.

Special opening hours

Sat Nov 12th & Sun Nov 13th

10am – 4pm

For more information about the Ballarat Gardens in Spring Weekend, go to www.ballaratopengardens.com.au

Read a welcome message to BMI members from Ballarat Garden’s in Spring’s Volunteer Coordinator Helen Todd.

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