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Design events

Gardening-related events are a key feature of this year’s Melbourne Design Week program, which runs from March 12 to March 22. Guided tours around the Royal Botanic Gardens on Friday March 20 (5pm to 7pm) and Saturday March 21 (4pm to 6pm) will look at some of the best ways to keep a garden alive in a time of water scarcity. The gardens’ landscape architect, Andrew Laidlaw, and curator of horticulture, Peter Symes, will lead these Watering the Gardens tours, discussing some of the water-harvesting processes adopted at the gardens along the way, $30.

‘Watering the Gardens’ tours will be held at the Royal Botanic Gardens as part of Melbourne Design WeekCredit:Melbourne Design Week

A bicycle tour following the Capital City Trail – starting in South Yarra (opposite the Yarra River’s Herring Island) and finishing at the mouth of Moonee Ponds Creek – will look at some of the vegetation and landforms that have survived urbanisation and how they can inform future regeneration. The Forgotten Ecologies of Birrarung tour runs from 10am to 1pm on Saturday March 14, $35. Go to to make bookings or for more information about these and other events.

Forgotten Ecologies of Birrarung tours will examine vegetation and landforms that have survived urbanisation.Credit:Melbourne Design Week


Kevin Heinze Grow is running half-day Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture workshops at both its Coburg and Doncaster sites in coming months. The workshops will be held at Coburg on Friday 27 March and Friday 12 June, and at Doncaster on Friday May 1 and Friday July 24. They run from 9.30am to 1pm, $150. Go to for more information or to make a booking.

Plant Sale

A wide assortment of perennials, shrubs, bulbs and trees will be on offer at this weekend’s Ferny Creek Horticultural Society annual plant collectors’ sale. It runs from 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday (March 7 and 8 ) at 100 Hilton Road (east end), Sassafras, $5.

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