Sonica Botanica: Stories & Sounds from the Gardens


Immerse yourself in intertwining stories, atmospheric music and mesmerising sounds of the natural environment in Sonica Botanica, created by Melbourne sound artist Patrick Cronin.

Weaving together interviews, field recordings and a musical score, this evocative listening experience responds to collectors’ passions, botanical knowledge, favourite memories, childhood impressions, historical anecdotes and cultural viewpoints.

Celebrating the special landscapes at Melbourne Gardens, the first episode responds to the newly designed Arid Garden and the second episode is inspired by Oak Lawn and its majestic trees. Episode three explores the sensorial power of plants across three spaces, the Herb Garden, Fern Gully and the Sensory Garden; and episode four journeys to the Southern China Collection, Long Island and the waterbodies that sustain life at the Gardens.

Visit the featured locations, scan the Sonica Botanica QR code and take in these sublime sonic snapshots or listen online now. Best enjoyed through headphones.

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