Community Engagement at the Portland Botanical Gardens


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On Monday, the 6th of May, the Portland Botanical Gardens (PBG) began a community engagement program, which involved artist, Catherine Bailey, as artist in residence for 70 hours over 3 months.

As part of this project David Garnier, the Head Gardener at PBG showed a new younger audience the wonders of the gardens. David had some exciting ideas for the kindergarten children from Kalbari Kindergarten and The Portland Child and Family Complex, school children from Narrawong Public School and teenagers from the Portland Reengagement Centre, who were involved in the program, which involved both art and horticulture.

Some Pop up events were also run. The first Pop up event, in the spirit of kamikaze gardening, employed words written in the last of the Dahlia flowers. The artist used word suggestions from users of social media.

The Portland Croquet club, which have been using the club at the gardens for over 100 years, kindly consented to be documented, as part of the instagram project, which is part of the Portland Botanical Gardens Arts and Community Engagement Project.

We welcome people uploading their instagram photos of the gardens to #pbgproject, as part of ongoing community interaction at the Portland Botanical Gardens.

You can read more about the project at

This Project has been funded by a quick response grant from the Regional Arts Fund, which gives all Australians, wherever they live, better access to opportunities to practise and experience the arts. The Regional Arts Fund is administered in Victoria by Regional Arts Victoria.

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