Friends of Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens Inc (FLRBG)
FLRBG is a non-profit group of volunteers working in conjunction with the Lismore City Council to establish, develop and maintain the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens. The Friends were officially formed in December 1998 but the dream of establishing a Botanic Garden in the Lismore area had been around since 1988. The Gardens opened officially in June 2013.
These Gardens are been established on waste land on the southern outskirts of Lismore. Walking through the lush rainforest that is now emerging it is hard to imagine that it was ever less than beautiful. We grow only native plants – mostly rainforest - which are endemic to an area within 200kms of the city of Lismore in northern NSW.
This is a wonderful place to visit with big colourful information signs, individual tree labels, paths, seats, picnic areas and of course a superb collection of local rainforest plants. It is great place to take visitors, for kids to explore or a delightful place to just be. There are many places to walk and an added attraction is the native wildlife. Visitors Centre was officially opened recently but is only open occasionally for time being. Always open on work days and Open Days.
HOOP PINE FOREST - A gently graded walking loop path that goes right up to the top of the hill in the Hoop Pine Forest has been constructed. Basic signs are in position and it is becoming an interesting and popular place to walk in the cool ambience of the huge Araucaria cunninghmamii trees. The path was officially opened in 2016 and hundreds of visitors carried stones to the top to help build our labyrinth!
GUIDED WALK Sunday 26 August"EXPLORING THE SENSORY GARDEN" Meet in First Car Park at 9.20am. Walk starts promptly at 9.30am and lasts approximately 1 hour. This walk is in the Sensory Garden - level sealed path with a wonderful mix of smaller trees, shrubs and ground covers, many in flower, which have been planted because of their colour, texture, smell or even taste! A great walk for anyone interested in beautiful and interesting plants which stimulate the senses. Also an opportunity to see the new Solar Clock and check your watch by it! .
Photographic display of the Animals and Insects of the Gardens - in the Visitors Centre.
NOTE: FLRBG MEMBERSHIP renewals are now due for 2018-19. Full membership $15, Family $25 and Concessional $8. Note: MEMBERS WHO HAVE JOINED SINCE 1 January 2018 ARE COVERED TILL 30 June 2019
Pay by Direct Debit: BSB 728 728 Account Number 22205295 Describe as MSHIP and your name. Or pay by cash at Work Mornings or by cheque to FLRBG PO Box 1327 Lismore 2480
WORK DAYS AT THE GARDENS are usually held on the last Sunday of each month and every Wednesday morning. Wear protective clothing, bring insect repellent and sunscreen. We work for about three hours including time for morning tea... so bring a cuppa and something to eat. MT is a good time to converse in an enthusiastic group of people, to share ideas and enjoy being in a beautiful natural environment, as well as helping to build a Botanic Garden!
OUR NEXT SUNDAY WORKDAY is on Sunday 26 August Gate open for volunteers at 8.00 till 8.30am then again for the public at 9 am.
On a recent episode of the ABC radio programme ‘First Bite’ the topic discussed was the importance of increasing the biodiversity of food plants throughout the world. At present less than a dozen flowering plants account for 80 per cent of our diet – a very narrow selection from the possible available food plants.
A group of international scientists who attended the Crop Wild Relative Genomics meeting in Asilomar, California in December 2012 published in a recent ‘Nature’ magazine. They feel that climate change, water and land shortages, soil degradation and an ever increasing population are all very real threats to Planet Earth’s ability to feed its people. In order to cope with the changing times, the future of a sufficient supply of food will have to involve a much more diverse group of food crops than are currently being used. The scientists argue that the key to obtaining that diversity is to open old seed vaults and refresh the gene pool with ancient and landrace species of edible plants.
‘Seed banks, which store a wide variety of plants, are a massively untapped resource for feeding an ever-expanding human population’, says Cornell University plant geneticist Susan McCouch. She and the other scientists called for a massive global effort to sequence the genomes of the potential food plants currently held in 1,700 seed banks across the world. ‘Gene banks hold hundreds of thousands of seeds and tissue culture materials collected from farmers’ fields and from wild, ancestral populations, providing the raw material that plant breeders need to create crops of the future,’ McCouch stated.