Hundreds head to Wollongong Botanic Garden open day 2017

Hundreds of people took advantage of the late-autumn sunshine to take a stroll through the Wollongong Botanic Garden at the weekend.

From behind-the-scenes garden tours to seed planting and insect hotel making, there was something for everyone during the garden’s open day on Sunday.  

MERCURY NEWS GARDENS OPEN DAY Pic shows L-R ​
Colin Simic, Tiana Simic and Emma Simic at the Wollongong Botanic Gardens open day.   28th of May 2017. Photo: Adam McLean

MERCURY NEWS GARDENS OPEN DAY Pic shows L-R ​ Colin Simic, Tiana Simic and Emma Simic at the Wollongong Botanic Gardens open day. 28th of May 2017. Photo: Adam McLean

The day was also the chance to find out more about the work being done by staff to ensure the survival of plants into the future. 

“At the moment, some of this work involves helping to save Australia’s rarest and most recently discovered Banksia from extinction,” Wollongong deputy lord mayor John Dorahy said. 

The Wollongong Botanic garden was one of more than 70 to open their gates as part of the Australia and New Zealand Botanic Garden Open Day.

A special feature of this year's event was a free screening of Before the Flood, a National Geographic film about climate change.

John Gabriele, from ABC radio’s The Compost Heap,