Flora & the Baron - Audio Walking Tour

Victoria Nature Festival

The Royal Botanic Garden’s first director,  Baron von Mueller,  returns as a ghost, leading us on a fascinating journey in this narrative audio tour featuring history, humour, and eccentric charm. 

Image of Baron von Meuller collaged over the top of a painting of a yellow and orange blooming flower, and out of focus paddocks and blue sky.

Baron Ferdinand von Mueller - eccentric outsider, global scientific powerhouse, and the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens’ first director - has a tale to tell.

Banished from his beloved Gardens for the last twenty years of his life in self-imposed exile, he re-enters the Gardens as a ghost, revelling in his scientific legacy and the powerful beauty of the plants around us.

But he is also deeply challenged; the environmental havoc produced from his own actions, like introducing blackberries, and the impact of the colonial scientific era leave him saddened and hollow.

He challenges us to not make the same mistake of being caught in a world of power and knowledge but to widen our gaze and ponder the future that we are in the process of creating.

This audio tour features history, humour, warmth, and eccentric charm set to a soundtrack evoking past, present and future.  If the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens are in your 5km radius, you can listen to the stories as you walk around the gardens.

Presented by Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. 

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