The Sustainable Living Festival is in full swing with a host of gardening-related events, including plant tours, food swaps and seed-saving workshops. Among the events scheduled for today is the launch of a new book by David Holmgren, co-originator of permaculture. It's called RetroSuburbia: The Downshifters Guide to a Resilient Future and Holmgren will discuss it with Gardening Australia host Costa Georgiadis at Birrarung Marr, 11.30am to 1pm.
Also today is a talk by American/Canadian organic farmer and urban-agriculture advocate Michael Ableman, who will explain what happened when residents in a notoriously disadvantaged district in Vancouver joined together to produce food. He speaks at Birrarung Marr from 2pm to 3pm. slf.org.au
The Eucalyptus cephalocarpa (Mealy Stringybark) at Cranbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens are currently in full flower and swamped by native bees but what visitors to the gardens might notice first are the outdoor pianos installed as part of the Arts Centre Melbourne's Play Me, I'm Yours installation. Pianos have also popped up at the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens as part of the project by British artist Luke Jerram.
A talk next week will look at how Melbourne's RBG is being adapted to handle hotter and drier conditions. The free talk, Botanic Gardens and Climate Change, is on February 14, 1pm to 1.50pm, RBG Melbourne, Mueller Hall, enter via Gate F. Bookings at rbg.vic.gov.au
The RBG Melbourne will also host a free "climate watch walk" on February 15, during which participants will help monitor biodiversity in the gardens. It runs from 10.30am to noon, meet at the Visitor Centre, Observatory Gate. Go to rbg.vic.gov.au or phone 9252 2429 for more information or to make a booking.
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