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Welcome to our Maroochy Botanic Gardens Friends' website. The Friends of the gardens are a group of volunteers who provide a labour of love in maintaining and improving the gardens to be enjoyed by all.
We also hope you can take ideas from the Gardens to use in you own backyard. To this end, we invite you join us on the 6 and 7th August 2016 for Natives Naturally: A weekend to help locals grow local plants.
In combination with with Native Plants Sunshine Coast and supported by the Sunshine Coast Council this weekend will give home gardeners expert free advice on native plants that can be used to bring new looks to local landscaping, and offer the right plants at the right price to help you get started. For more details download the flyer.
This year we are celebrating our 20th year of work developing and maintaining the gardens. The Friends celebrated on the 1st of May with a gathering of Friends from early days to current. We hope you will join us during this anniversary year. For a taste of how things have developed read the first newsletter produced in 1996 and see what we have been doing 20 years on in the latest newsletter. 1996 | 2016
The Friends are also expanding their social presence - You can now become a Friend on Facebook too.
The gardens are a place of natural beauty, where people can enjoy peace and relaxation. Visitors can increase their knowledge and appreciation of plants, their significance and conservation, especially those native to the Sunshine Coast region and subtropical forests of South East Queensland.
The gardens are open every day, 7am to 5pm (April to October) and 7am to 6pm (November to March). Visitors are very welcome to just sit and relax, enjoy walking the tracks and trails, or to have a picnic on the grass or under the trees. You may like to book in for one of the guided walks or attend one of the special events held in the gardens from time to time. There is no admission charge at the gardens, but there may be an entry charge for some of the special events.
If you enjoy plants, and learning about our special native plants, their stories and uses, please meet the Guides at the Arts & Ecology Centre at 9am for a leisurely hour's walk on Tuesdays, February to November except public holidays. During the hot months we take advantage of the shady, cool areas of the Gardens, including the Mossy Log area, the Fern Glade, the Friendship Colonnade and the Ephemeral Wetlands.
Guided walks for groups can be arranged for times that are mutually convenient for guide(s) and walkers. Time is required for organization so please let us know at least a month in advance. To make a booking, contact Margaret. Email:friendsofMRBBG@gmail.com.
Visitors are asked to respect some simple procedures that will help protect the environment and flora and fauna of the gardens, and make everyone's visit more pleasant:
The Friends of the gardens are a very inclusive group who welcome new members to join them in their volunteer labours. If you would like to know more about the Friends, surf the Friends' web pages or better still, come and introduce yourself when the Arts and Ecology Centre is open. We work in the gardens every Tuesday (excepting over Christmas/New Year) from about 7:30 am. For more details on joining and membership see our Inquiry page.
Sunshine Coast Council Koala Research Project
‘Natives Naturally for Your Garden’ - August 6&7 at the Gardens with Sunshine Coast Council and Native Plants Sunshine Coast. Flyer
The Volunteers, both Tuesday Working Group and the Saturday Bushcare Team continue to improve and maintain the Gardens. Interested in joining? Use our Contacts page to make an enquiry, or use the email link below.
PO Box 445 BUDERIM Q. 4556