26 September 2023

Podcast takes gardens to a new airspace

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The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (RBGV) is inviting people to engage more deeply with the Gardens through story, sound, smell and touch in the latest episode of its Sonica Botanica podcast.

In a statement, RBGV said Episode 3: Herb Garden, Fern Gully, Sensory Garden, the third instalment of the four-part podcast series, wove together a musical score, field recordings and interviews with Gardens staff and special guests.

“Created by sound artist Patrick Cronin, the series is an evocative listening experience that combines intertwining stories, atmospheric music and the mesmerising sounds of the natural environment,” RBGV said.

“With more people seeking a deeper connection to nature, Sonica Botanica, encourages the audience to engage more deeply with the Gardens through story and with the senses and immerse themselves in its wonders,” it said.

“Each episode in the series responds to people, place and plants connected with specific collections or landscapes at Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.”

RBGV said special guests on the newly released episode included legally blind artist, Dr Erica Tandori, who focused on textures and colours of a new Sensory Garden; the transportive immersion of Fern Gully; and the fragrance and seclusion of the Herb Garden.

The Gardens said Episode 1: The Arid Garden explored the recently opened Arid Garden, with stories of the provenance and design of the botanical collection, while Episode 2: Oak Lawn responded to Oak Lawn and surrounds.

It said the fourth and final episode in the series was due for release in March.

Further information on RBGV’s Sonica Botanica podcast can be accessed at this PS News link.

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