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.
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, or 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.
Visitors are asked to respect some simple procedures that have been developed to protect the environment and flora and fauna of the gardens, and to make everyone's visit 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, but better still, come and introduce yourself. We work in the gardens every Tuesday (excepting over Christmas/New Year) from about 7:30 am. To inquire about the Friends of MRBBG, just click here
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Coming Events in the Gardens:
Bookings for workshops will open on dates indicated at the CommunityHub Weblink: www.community.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/events
7th December 9am to 3pm; Adult workshop - Christmas basket weaving
Popular workshop presenters Judith and Richard will be delivering a basket
weaving workshop for adults wishing to create individual Christmas gifts for
family or friends. Online bookings for this workshop will open on 20th
November and the cost is $15.00 per person.
February 2014 Drawing Classes (Adult) If you have always wanted to draw you will discover how easy it is to start in this workshop series to be held at the Arts & Ecology Centre. Kerry will be holding adult drawing workshops each Saturday morning during February. For additional workshop and booking details as well as costs, watch the CommunityHub Weblink over the next few weeks: www.community.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/events.
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Guided Walks on Wednesdays
Trained volunteer Guides take walks on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month. If you enjoy plants, and learning about our special native plants, their stories and uses, please meet the Guides at the Information Sign near the car park for a leisurely walk with us. Walks begin at 9 a.m. and last for an hour. 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. Note: walks are no longer conducted on Fridays.
Guided walks for groups can be arranged for suitable times, mutually convenient for guide(s) and walkers. But time is required for organisation so please let us know at least a month in advance. Contact Margaret on 5445 3375.
If you are interested in training as a volunteer Guide, applications for a new intake begin soon. Please contact Margaret (5445 3375) for details.