DAY OF DISCOVERY: Volunteers keep The Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens in good order before the Discovery in the Gardens event.
DAY OF DISCOVERY: Volunteers keep The Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens in good order before the Discovery in the Gardens event. Kate Heffernan

Nature revealed in a DIG gardening event

VISITORS can explore interactive displays and activities including bats, bugs, koalas, boomerangs, botanical art, bush food, bubbles, robots and reptiles.

DiG is appropriately the name given to The Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens' biggest event each year.

It is a celebration of all things science and is run the first Saturday of National Science Week, this year on August 12.

A great range of talks is on offer, from Queensland gardening experts like ABC presenters Annette McFarlane and Jerry Coleby-Williams.

Gardening questions are answered at the pop-up Gold Coast Gardening Clinic; join a guided walk on birds, koalas or bush foods, or learn more about how to cook what you grow in your garden with live cooking demonstrations from Dennis Duncanson of Fingers and Bones at Mermaid Beach.

Gardens curator Liz Caddick says the annual day of hands-on science and nature-based activities usually attracts about 1500 people and should appeal to all

ages.

"We will have some of our old favourites back this year, including live fire displays, wildlife show, boomerang aerodynamics and a great speakers' program, but also some new activities, including nature journaling, insect show, sport science, robot building and coding, and a live bush foods cooking demonstration,” she said.

"As usual we will have lots of plants for sale, so it is a good time to pick up some new spring plants for your garden.”

DiG is a free family day that's aimed at promoting community interest in science, nature and gardening, by encouraging people to get their hands dirty, have fun and try things out.

Discovery in the Gardens on August 12 runs from 10am-2pm at The Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, 230 Ashmore Rd, Benowa.


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