Friends of the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens propagating officer Rose Hand is encouraging people to come and see the botanic gardens at a special open day this Sunday.
Friends of the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens propagating officer Rose Hand is encouraging people to come and see the botanic gardens at a special open day this Sunday.

Growing interest in botanic gardens

Many people don’t even know Lismore has its very own botanic gardens.

The idea for a botanic garden was first muted in 1990 but it wasn’t until 2002 that volunteers began the mammoth task of planting out the four-hectare patch of lantana-infested land.

This Sunday, December 13, the Friends of the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens are inviting people to a special open day to see how the gardens have progressed and enjoy guided tours and talks.

“It’s not open to the public yet but we’re working toward that next year, so this Sunday is an opportunity to see where we’re up to,” volunteer Rose Hand said. “A lot of the rainforest plants we’ve grown here only grow in small pockets now, but this will be a full collection of local dry rainforest and wet rainforest plants. It’s for Lismore’s future – for posterity.”

Rose said unlike many other botanic gardens around the world, which grow all sorts of species, Lismore’s garden would only include local rainforest species.

Work recently commenced on a water feature and an area for plants used by the local indigenous people for food, medicines and other purposes.

“Lots of the little stuff we planted struggled for years but after a good wet season last year everything just took off,” Rose said. “The open day is a great chance to see our unique gardens and perhaps see if you might like to volunteer. The garden’s at a very exciting stage.”

Guided tours of the site will begin soon after 9am and there will be a free sausage sizzle throughout the morning as well as special activities for children.

Access to the site is via the main gate at the Wyrallah Road Waste Facility. A volunteer will be at the gate between 9 and 10am to guide people to the garden.

For more information, phone Pat Offord on 6629 1435.


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