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Spoon Carving Workshops ended on Sunday  5 November 2017.

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Seed fern fossils

Time Travel Walks – Science Week

11.30 am – 12.30 pm, Monday 13 August, Wednesday 15 August & Saturday 18 August — Meet at the Visitor Centre

Unpack your imagination and step back 3 billion years in time to look at the origin of all plants. Meander through the gardens with a guide and explore major events in plant evolution with living plants illustrating each step.

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Making dyes from eucalypts

Wattle and eucalypt dyeing workshops

9.00 am – 1.00 pm, 22 Aug, 9 Sept & 16 Sept

Join local textile artist Sally Blake in a fun and creative wattle and eucalypt dyeing workshop. Learn how to make flower, leaf and bark dyes and try your new skills out on a take-home scarf using dyes from local acacias and eucalypts.

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Half day: Sat 4 Nov, 1.00–4.00 pm. Full day: Sun 5 Nov, 10.00 am–4.00 pm

Join professional Spoonsmith Jeff Donne for a hands-on afternoon of carving your own kitchen utensils.

You’ll be surprised what you can create using nothing but a small axe, some specialised carving knives and your hands.

  • Suitable for people aged 16+, all skill levels.
  • Bookings are essential as places are limited (maximum 10 students).

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Saturday 4 November, 1.00–4.00 pm (Sold out)

Sunday 5 November, 10.00 am–4.00 pm

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Enjoy a blissful afternoon whittling

Carve small spoons, butter spreaders, spatulas and spurtles straight from a tree using traditional skills, and experience the blissful feeling of whittling away the hours at an unhurried pace.

Learn about sourcing sustainable materials, the basics of traditional tool use, and how to safely turn a log into your favourite wooden utensil.

No experience is needed and all tools, materials and a leather apron are provided. All you need to bring is you, a pair of closed top shoes and a willingness to whittle.

Take home what you make!


Half day: Sat 4 Nov, 1.00–4.00 pm. Full day: Sun 5 Nov, 10.00 am–4.00 pm


Half-day workshop $75, full-day workshop $150