Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens Gatekeepers Cottage - Ballarat Begonia Festival
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Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens Gatekeepers Cottage


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The Gatekeepers Cottage is the HQ of the Ballarat BotaniKids of the The Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens. Each year at the Begonia Festival the group of volunteers provides activities for visitors and families based on learning more about botany nature and the gardens. 2024 is no exception. Activities are free.

Family Nature Fun activities on Saturday and Sunday on the deck under the marquees. The verandah at the front of the Cottage will be a time out place to read and relax for young families. Inside the cottage, you can investigate a range of botanical collections under the new digital microscope. A nature table on ferns for children will be a feature with a guide to help with questions and information.

The Society of Artists will display fern based floral art. This is a new feature this year!

Many ferns will be on display in the cottage to create and showcase the fern frenzy that even gripped humble cottagers at the time.

Workshops and demonstrations will be on offer throughout the weekend.

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Accessibility Information
  • Welcomes and assists people who have challenges with learning, communication, understanding and behaviour. (includes people with autism, intellectual disability, Down syndrome, acquired brain injury (ABI), dyslexia and dementia)
  • Caters for people who are blind or have vision loss.
  • Caters for people who are deaf or have hearing loss.
  • Caters for people with sufficient mobility to climb a few steps but who would benefit from fixtures to aid balance. (This includes people using walking frames and mobility aids)
  • Caters for people who use a wheelchair.
  • Caters for people with high support needs who travel with a support person.
  • Caters for people with allergies and intolerances.
  • An access and inclusion statement is available (make this available on your website).
09 Mar - 11 Mar
10:00am - 5:00pm
The Gatekeepers Cottage
Nursery Drive, Lake Wendouree VIC 3350

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