Last Thursday we had a wonderful day at the Royal Botanic Gardens, learning about lots of interesting flowers, trees and plants.
We learnt about the dinosaur tree and felt its hard, spiky leaves as we walked through its low hanging branches.
Our guides also told us a story about the “lightning tree”
During a huge storm on Melbourne cup day 30 years ago, an old oak tree was hit by lightning. The tree cracked right down the middle, almost splitting it in two. Luckily the arborists (or tree doctors) were able to tie strong cables into the tree’s branches to pull it back together. The tree healed and we could see and feel the scar. We gave the tree a hug and could even see the cables high in the branches.
There was even a tree with branches that looked like hands!
We saw many creatures during the day, including spiders, butterflies, ants, ducks, swans and even an eel!
We were also lucky enough to pot a seedling each! First we put some dirt in the pot, then rested our seedling on top. Next we filled it up with some more dirt and finally gave it a drink of water.
In the herb garden we discovered many plants with wonderful smells such as lemon icy-pole and black jellybean. While we were there we also got to make our own pot pourri bags with dried rose petals and lavender.
We took a well-earned break to eat lunch, and then we were off again. We all saw some more beautiful flowers and great trees. Some of us took a look in the tropical glasshouse, but not for long as it was very hot and humid!
Finally, after a great day filled with walking and new discoveries it was time to leave. We all had a lovely time, and we’re sure everyone slept well that night!
A big thank you to all our lovely parents who came along and helped. We couldn’t have done it without you!