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Kangaroo Paw Symposium

November 24, 2016 - November 26, 2016

Red Kangaroo Paw plant

As part of this month-long celebration there will be a special three-day symposium on this group of plants which are in the plant family Haemodoraceae.

Registration forms are now available, please download them here: registration-forms-for-kangaroo-paw-celebration


Professor Stephen Hopper AC (guru of this plant family) from Western Australia and Angus Stewart from New South Wales are our feature presenters.

Steve Hopper was previously Director of Kings Park and Botanic Garden and also the first non-British Director (CEO and Chief Scientist) at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. Currently he is the Winthrop Professor of Biodiversity at the University of Western Australia.

Angus Stewart is Australia’s premier kangaroo paw breeder with the Bush Gems Range now available throughout the world. He is also a gardening author and TV presenter on Gardening Australia. When on ABC Radio with John Doyle (aka Rampaging Roy Slaven) he was dubbed ‘Doctor of the Dirt, Surgeon of the Soil and Professor of the Paddock’.

Other speakers we have been able to engage include:

  • Dr Brett Summerell from RBG Sydney
  • Prof Kingsley Dixon from Curtin University WA
  • Digby Growns from Kings Park WA
  • Craig Scott from East Coast Wildflowers NSW
  • Loretta Childs, Landscape Designer, Vic
  • Neil Marriott, author, botanist and Australian plant grower
  • Ellen Hickman, botanical artist WA,
  • Amy Akers and John Thompson, members of the Cranbourne Friends and Australian plant growers

We are still finalising other speakers for the Symposium.


Day One will be a science day dealing with botanical, zoological and horticultural aspects. It will be held at the Melbourne Gardens.

Day Two will be a professional day dealing with breeding, design, cultivation and diseases. It is aimed at people who work in parks & gardens, horticulture, and design and construction. This day will be at the Cranbourne Gardens.

Day Three will be a home gardeners day dealing with subjects that gardeners like to know. This day will also be at the Cranbourne Gardens.

This promises to be a very special time for the RBGV Cranbourne Gardens and all visitors!


November 24, 2016
November 26, 2016
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Chloe Foster
03 9725 3569


Cranbourne Gardens
Corner of Ballarto Rd & Botanic Drive
Cranbourne, Victoria 3977 Australia
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