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 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 and other local native plants. It is great place to take visitors, and for kids to explore - the COOL CUBBY near first car park and SOLAR CLOCK in Sensory Garden are great favourites. A very new feature is the little walkway and lookout in PALM GULLY at the western end of the Gardens - just beyond the Nursery. Well worth an inspection. The Visitors Centre is always open on work days and Open Days and at other times by arrangement
Spring was magnificent in the Gardens this year - a mass of flowers!! And as we move into summer more and more of the rainforest trees and shrubs are flowering and fruiting - many for the first time. Many of the flowers are tiny and may seem insignificant but a closer look reveals that they are really beautiful! Others, however, are positively flamboyant and many have quite unfamiliar and interesting growth patterns.
NOTE: THE GARDENS WILL NOT BE OPEN ON CHRISTMAS DAY, BOXING DAY & NEW YEAR'S DAY.
For the rest of the holiday period they will be open 7am till 4pm on weekdays and 9am till 4pm on weekends.
HOOP PINE FOREST - A gently graded walking loop path that goes right up to the top of the hill in the Hoop Pine Forest where a stoney LABYRINTH has been constructed. It is very beautiful area with a special cool ambience .... a popular place to walk amongst the huge Araucaria cunninghmamii trees. We have recently installed a LARGE OLD CHURCH BELL just beyond the Labyrinth. Have a look and feel free to ring to bell to mark your visit to the top of the forest!
GUIDED WALK Sunday 30 DecemberOctober Meet in First Car Park at 9.20am. Walk starts promptly at 9.30am and lasts approximately 1 hour. This walk is being conducted by our chief guide Geoffrey Walker who has a wealth of knowledge and stories about the Gardens and the local rainforest. In his walk, called "The Rainforest is more than Trees.... really ??", he will be pointing out features of our Rainforest Plants not normally noticed by the casual observer.
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!
WEDNESDAY WORK GROUP each week starting at 8.00 am ... though not between Christmas and New Year. First work day for 2019 is Wednesday 7 January
OUR NEXT SUNDAY WORKDAY is on Sunday 27 January - Gate open for volunteers at 7.30 till 8.00am 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.