Step inside the PlantBank at the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount AnnanFind out how the Australian PlantBank is saving the world a seed at a time when it opens to the public on Sunday, August 24 from 11am until 4pm for a free fun family day.

For an experience found nowhere else in Australia (and the world), parents can give theirchildren an insight into the cutting-edge plant research and conservation taking place at this award winning building surrounded by the beautiful Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan.

“The Australian PlantBank is the place to be for a totally Australiana plant encounter. Once you’ve been I guarantee you’ll leave excited by the endless potential of Australian native plants,” said Dr Brett Summerell, Deputy Executive Director, Science and Conservation.

“The PlantBank reveals in a very captivating way why this country is ranked fifth in the world for plant mega-diversity and why it’s imperative we conserve our flora.”

“The importance of plants and their uses in our everyday lives will never be taken for granted again.”

A day of fun is offered with a sausage sizzle, florally inspired face painting, botanical illustrators, a coffee cart, nursery tours at noon and 2pm, seed planting and a pop-up seed shop.

Meet really cool scientists, hear talks on the latest in plant science and find out what goes on in the PlantBank, or tour the facility at your own pace by downloading a new free app.

Dr Summerell said during the behind the scenes tours visitors would discover where millions of precious living seeds from wild plants are safely stored.

“Don’t miss seeing the atmospheric blue light flooded vault where we store the seeds. It’s also fascinating to learn about the process of cryogenic storage – that’s when tissue culture is stored in temperatures as low as -196oC.

‘‘Cryogenic storage is used when some seeds such as those from rainforest plants contain too much water and can’t be stored or diseases such as myrtle rust can shut down a plant’s ability to produce seed,” he said.

“The infectious passion of our scientists and their breadth of knowledge about plants will inspire many advocates for plant conservation – this will be a special day-out for people of all ages.

“There’s adventures to be had inside and outside the Australian PlantBank.

‘‘I encourage people to set aside the day to explore Australia’s largest botanic garden as well as the PlantBank. Bring a picnic rug, there’s barbecue facilities, a mountain bike track and one of Australia’s largest collections of wattle species will be in spectacular full bloom,” he said.

The Australian Botanic Garden is on Narellan Road, Mount Annan.

It is open daily, 10am until 5pm.

Entry is free.

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