The Botanist, the Distiller and the Chef

A sensory journey into gin hosted by Royal Botanic Gardens & Matilda

Dive deep into the world of gin in an evening of sensory discovery hosted by Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and Matilda.

Journey through the Botanic Gardens in Melbourne at dusk, sit and sip on a delicious Pickett and Co Gin, and hear from three engaging experts exploring botanicals and distillation. The Botanist – Prof. Tim Entwisle, Director and Chief Executive, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and the Distillers – two of Australia's leading liquor experts Dr Dervilla McGowan and Sebastian Reaburn.

Then wander through to the spectacular Matilda restaurant where you will be greeted by the esteemed chef and restaurateur Scott Pickett. Explore all elements of the distillation process, whilst enjoying bespoke cocktails and a delicious gin-infused canape menu.

Please arrive at 5.45pm for a 6:00pm event start time.

Ticket price includes four gin cocktails and four canapes.

Image above courtesy of Mark Gambino.


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Further Information

Disabled Accessibility

The event is accessible by wheelchair. Any guests with access requirements should please notify the organiser upon purchasing a ticket by emailing

Wet Weather Contingency

In the event of wet weather, please bring an umbrella.

Dress Code

The event involves walking outdoors – please dress for forecast weather conditions and wear comfortable shoes.

Venue Directions

The event will commence at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria – Melbourne. Please meet at Royal Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre – located at the Observatory Precinct on Birdwood Avenue (next to Jardin Tan).

Further Event Details

This is an 18+ event. Please send through any dietary requirements to

Event Enquiries

For all event enquiries, please call: (03) 9089 6668

DateThu 21 Mar
Time6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
VenueRoyal Botanic Gardens Victoria – Melbourne, South Yarra
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(03) 9089 6668

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