Winter Lecture Series Program
Thursday 2 June 11.00 am - The Hitchcock Family Legacy in Geelong : Norman Houghton
This talk will look at the Hitchcock Fountain and the City Council civic beautification context for the gift, the Hitchcock family benefactions around town and the City Council policies on moveable and superannuated monuments as an aftermath to benefactions.
This event will include an acknowledgement of the restored Hitchcock Fountain and it’s surrounding structures.
Thursday 9 June 11am : ‘The Illustrated Plant Glossary’ Enid Mayfield
As Enid formerly worked from the Geelong Botanic Gardens’ small meeting room, she was well known to many members. Enid is widely acclaimed for her skill in researching complex scientific topics, then writing and illustrating them with detailed botanical paintings, to be accessible to a wider audience. The Illustrated Plant Glossary (CSIRO Publishing, 2021) is a comprehensive glossary of over 4000 terms related to plant sciences, featuring Enid’s superb colour illustrations. The Glossary is a reference for plant scientists and students, libraries, horticulturalists, gardeners and naturalists. It covers all aspects of scientific information.
This talk was recorded for Friends of Melbourne Botanic Gardens, and we thank Enid and the Melbourne Friends for allowing this important talk to be featured in our programme.
Thursday 16 June 11am : Birds of Eastern Park Craig Morley
Craig Morley has been observing and recording the birds of Eastern Park and Geelong Botanic Gardens for more than four decades. Join us for a fascinating glimpse into the many interesting residents and visitors that frequent this fascinating urban oasis.
Thursday 23 June 11am No Lecture - Winter Lunch Fundraising Event
Thursday 30 June 11am – Madagascar Craig Lidgerwood and Stephen Ryan
Enjoy an entertaining talk and photographic tour of a destination not familiar to most of us, focusing on the fascinating plants of Madagascar.
Thursday 7 July 11am - Diversity: The Long History of Plants David Johnson
In this talk we look at the main groups of plants. This grouping helps us to organise in our mind, more than a quarter of a million plant species. We follow their evolution from the time when they came on to land nearly 500 million years ago.
Thursday 14 July 11am – Who was Sir Joseph Banks? by Peggy Muntz
By popular request Peggy is repeating her 2021 talk about one of Australia’s most widely heard of horticultural figures. Yet few know in detail the life of Sir joseph Banks and the extensive legacy he left to the botanical world.
Thursday 21 July 11am – The Development of the GBG’s 21st Century Garden Liz Bennetto
The 21st Century Garden in Geelong Botanic Gardens has become an important part of the story of the Gardens. The modernistic, raw design, controversial at first, was eagerly embraced when finally opened shortly after the new century began. Today it still attracts visitors from far and wide. Liz will look at the garden from the beginnings of the concept, including a wonderful DVD which features Friends’ volunteers, the designer and those who made it possible, to the present-day developments.
Thursday 28 July 11am – Women in Horticulture Luanne Thornton
Men have received much recognition for their achievements throughout history and although women have achieved much their work has not been recognised and celebrated to the same extent. They deserve better and in the 21st Century it is time for change. Our Library has many books about our female gardeners, horticulturalists, plant collectors and botanic artists. This talk aims to enlighten you all about some of their achievements and introduce you to the material we hold.
Thursday 4 August 11am - Pollination: Plants don’t just sit there waiting. Part 1 David Johnson
After a review of pollination and fertilisation, we will explore the range of approaches that flowers use. They have shapes to suit their favoured method of fertilisation. Plants don’t just sit there waiting for fertilisation by accident. Instead, they actively manage the behaviour of their preferred pollinators.
Thursday 11 August 11am - Pollination: Plants don’t just sit there waiting. Part 2 David Johnson
Continuing our exploration of the ways plants take command of their environment, we visit some plants that kidnap animals. We look at a kidnapper that you are unlikely to ever see, from the nearby Otway Ranges
Thursday 18 August 11am - Lord Howe Island David Johnson
In NSW there is a small island that is nearly 800 km North-East of Sydney. In many ways it is unique. This World Heritage listed area of land and surrounding sea was one of the last islands on earth to be visited by humans. It has unique plants and birds. We will look at some of this diversity and David will point out some of its plants that can be seen in the Geelong Botanic Gardens.
Thursday 25 August 11am – The Geelong Customs House Harry Roberts
Geelong’s first Customs House shelters snuggly at the back of Geelong’s Botanic Gardens. It’s one of Victoria’s best kept secrets and one of the State’s oldest buildings. Beginning its life on Geelong’s waterfront in 1838, the old Customs House was a key and important feature of the city’s embryonic development. A short time after its retirement in Customs, it was repurposed as a Telegraph Office to take Geelong into a World-wide Communication Revolution. Since that time its jobs have been few. My presentation will discuss the reasons why the building began its life in Geelong and the political and possible criminal conspiracy that stopped it being replaced until 1845. Its role in telegraph and placement in the Botanic Gardens will be discussed.
Thursday 1 September 11am - The Naming of Plants Jayne Salmon
It is important to know the correct name for a plant as it is the key to finding out everything about it. The talk will explore the use of common names and see how Latin, the original common language of scholars, became established with the development of printing, as the international language of plant names. It became necessary to establish a set of rules that would ensure consistency to the way names were established and used. Many difficulties have arisen over naming plants bred or selected for cultivation and similar rules have been applied. We shall look at the way to write, pronounce and remember plant names.