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Date: January 15, 2016 Garden: Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah Outcome Journalist: Alice Edgerton Summary and Observations The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah sits within the Greater Blue Mountains UNESCO World Heritage Area. This 69 acre garden has an impressive collection of cool region plants from the Southern Hemisphere. The Garden has recently gone through a merger with the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, and Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney and Centennial Parklands, and is now managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust. Due to the merger, the garden is going through a period of great change. Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah was described as currently not heavily programmed, in part due to merger. There is not currently a dedicated education team, something that will be changing this year. Signage is kept to a minimum as not to interfere with the aesthetics of the Garden. The Garden offers: • The Botanists Way Discovery Centre, located in the visitors center, the Centre tells the history of the northern Blue Mountains including stories of early botanists and the traditional custodians of the land, the Darug people • Tours, including a shuttle bus tour, or a walk with volunteer guide. Visitors can also rent an ipod touch to take a self guided walk, either Yenmara Bembulra Darug walk or Botanic Tales Trail • Festivals, such as the Autumn Harvest Festival with music, a sheep shearing contest, and an apple pie bake off. This festival is largely for the local population. The Garden also hosts a carnivorous plant festival • Internship Program, the Garden hosts a group of interns from a university in France each year for a month or six weeks visit • Friends Group, Growing Friends are a group of six that come one day a week for propagation. The lack of volunteers is attributed to the fact that the Garden is located in a gardening area and many people have private gardens • Visiting Educational Groups: Groups from RGB Sydney are bussed out to the site. The groups come with an educational pack they use at Blue Mountains Botanic Garden • Workshops, on bulbs and grafting • Nature Themed Art Exhibits, located in the visitors center Measure and communicate value and impact of our organization How does Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah measure it’s impact? • Surveys: There are currently no statistics on what is most popular. A marketing manager has been hired and a main goal of hers is to conduct visitor surveys. The Garden is also planning on foot traffic counts at the front desk. There are currently visitor surveys available on iPads upstairs, but the Garden has found that people generally only do the survey when they’re not happy • Number of Visitors

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2016 International Experience_Australia  
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