Today I assisted on Nick's grade 3/4 excursion to our Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne. The weather last night was atrocious and we thought it may hamper a good time at the gardens, we were wrong! We all had an exceptional time. It only showered with rain twice throughout our visit. We got to see just how plants and animals of the gardens behave during Winter. Usually the excursions to the gardens are planned for the hotter months.
Sadly, I have to report that the lake area is so much lower than last I visited. There is green algae in the water and we had trouble seeing the eels that were sighted so easily last year by students of a younger year level. The swans came over and spied if we had food for them or not, it was the latter, as we are not encouraged to feed the bird life at all. We walked through the hot house, which was amazing! We got to see a Pineapple plant, Cocoa Plant, Pepper plant, a bug eating plant, and Coffee bean plant.
Step out of the hot house and donn our coats and hats again for the Winter day. We went on to the Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden. We got to plant our own everlasting daisy, which was a great activity for the kids. Touched a cork tree (wine corks!), walked along from the South East coast of Australia to the most Northern point of Australia in 5 minutes flat...looking at all the native trees (Indigenous).
Sat in rest houses, all three of them, which date back to 130 years ago...the oldest one named "William Tell"...the kids re-named it "The Harry Potter House". The nicest thing our tour guide said to the kids at the end of the tour was that it is Our garden, all of us, owned by the public and we encourage you all to visit time and time again to learn about our lovely indigenous plants".
A few children fell asleep when we journeyed home on the bus. Another wonderful trip with an exceptional group of kids :)