Love the Gardens?  Volunteer Here!

A week of info displays, talks, walks & workshops for

discovering why you want to join

the dynamic group of volunteers

who love the Gardens.

When:

Monday 1st - Sunday 7th March 

10am - 2pm Daily

Where:

Arts & Ecology Centre

Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens

The Friends are the community ‘backbone’ of this unique and amazing botanic garden that combines managed gardens with natural bushland, art with ecology, and plants with pleasure.  We'd love you to join us in our mission to care for this beautiful place.

Come along and meet us in the Arts and Ecology Centre. Learn about volunteering opportunities in activities like Gardening, Guiding, Information services, Promotions, Botany, BushCare and more!

The Program:

On Every Day... 

Conversations, Displays & "On the Spot" Tours

10am - 2pm

Just turn up, look around, start a conversation with a Friend, and discover how to become involved in the work of the Gardens and the Friends.

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On Monday... 

"Propagation Basics" Workshop

10.30am - 12noon

Learn propagation skills and find out about our dedicated Gardening Team. You'll take two plants home to get you started!

Cost:  $10 per person 

 *Bookings are essential

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                Never doubt

       that a small group of          thoughtful,                  dedicated                citizens can 

change the world: indeed, it is the only

    thing that ever has.

        

                             Margaret Mead

On Saturday... 

Our Main Open Day of the Week

9am - 10am   +  ADDED Walk  1pm - 2pm

"About the Gardens"  Guided Walk

A mix of history, highlights and how the Gardens grow;   some of our best plants, places and Volunteer achievements.  9am Walk fully booked.

 * Free activity but bookings are essential

10am - 11am 

"Behind the Scenes" talks & walks led by team leaders. Guiding, gardening, maintenance, promotions, track work, BushCare, Koala Friends, and more - an opportunity to select the one for you!

11am - 12noon

"Behind the Scenes" talks & walks 

A repeat of the 10am - 11am session above.

12noon - 2pm

Conversations & Displays continue in the Exhibition Space of the Arts & Ecology Centre.

On Friday... 

'An Exquisite Eye'

Botanical Book Talk by Dr Nita C Lester

10am - 11am

Investigate the flora art of Sydney Parkinson (Cook’s ‘Endeavour’ journey) and Ferdinand Bauer (Flinders’ circumnavigation) with Dr Nita C Lester. Featuring: Banks' Florilegium  and Painting by Numbers.  

Cost:  $10 per person  

 *Numbers limited. Bookings essential.

On Tuesday... 

"The Aussie Bush Story" Guided Walk

10am - 11am

The unique Australian bushland is celebrated in your Bushland Botanic Garden. Hear its story and find out what the Friends do to preserve it.

 * Free activity but bookings are essential

On Wednesday... 

"About the Gardens" Guided Walk

10am - 11am

A mix of history, highlights and how the Gardens grow;   some of our best plants, places and Volunteer achievements

 * Free activity but bookings are essential

On Thursday... 

"Edible Native Plants" Guided Walk

9am - 10am

Add a local flavour to your cooking. On this walk, find out what's edible and hear about our plans to help the Council create an Indigenous Food Trail at the Gardens.

 * Free activity but bookings are essential

"Propagation Basics" Workshop

10.30am - 12noon

Learn propagation skills and find out about our dedicated Gardening Team. You'll take two plants home to get you started.

*Numbers limited. Bookings essential.

Cost:  $10 per person.

On Sunday... 

"What's in a Name?" Guided Walk

10am - 11am

Take a closer look at plant labels to understand those annoying-but-necessary scientific names.

 * Free activity but bookings are essential

 

Program List

ALL WEEK  -  01 March to 07 March

  • Displays of the Gardens’ history, development and volunteering opportunities.

  • ‘On the Spot’ free tours, information about becoming involved in the work of the Gardens and the Friends - just turn up and start a conversation with a Friend.

  • All activities are held in, or start from, the Arts & Ecology Centre.

 

Monday 01 March

  • 10.30 - Noon ‘Propagation Basics’ Workshop

 

Tuesday 02 March

  • 10 -11am ‘The Aussie Bush Story’ Free Guided Walk

 

Wednesday 03 March

  • 10 -11am ‘About the Gardens’ Free Guided Walk

 

Thursday 04 March

  • 9 -10am ‘Edible Native Plants' Free Guided Walk

  • 10.30 - Noon ‘Propagation Basics’ Workshop

 

Friday 05 March

  • 10 -11am ’An Exquisite Eye" Botanical Book Talk with Dr Nita C Lester

 

Saturday 06 March  FRIENDS’ MAIN OPEN DAY

  • 9 - 10am  ‘About the Gardens’ Free Guided Walk

  • 10am and 11am - VOLUNTEER HERE:  Free info sessions on why & how to become a volunteer with the Friends. Opportunities to look behind the scenes.

 

Sunday 07 March

  • 10 -11am ‘What’s in a Name’ Free Guided Walk​