Our new amenities block was officially opened on December 9th by Janelle Saffin MP Member for Lismore and Mrs Jeni Binns.
A grant from the Community Building Partnership Program of the Department of Communities and Justice and hours of volunteer work by Friends of the Gardens have enabled the completion of this facility.
Another grant from The Recovery and Resilience Grants Program 2020 enabled the purchase and installation of a rainwater tank for the facility. This will improve water delivery to the rainforest, Wilson's Park Species Garden, Hoop Pine Forest and Uncommon Plants Garden as a resilience measure in low rainfall periods and an emergency supply in case of fire, as well as a water conservation initiative.
A Thank You Morning Tea for all our guides and volunteers took place after the opening in the Environmental Education Centre at the Gardens.
The Encounters 2020 Walk was created with funding from the Australian Maritime Museum. The Walk was designed for visiting school students to work with flora wheels to identify plants which were collected by Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander in 1770. The wheels also include information on the important Aboriginal use of each plant.
Guided Tours by appointment only with the Education team (Wednesday mornings preferred)
Wear sturdy shoes and hat. Meet your guide at the Visitor's Centre.
Please join us for morning tea after the walks in the Visitor's Centre. Gold coin donation. Or bring your own to enjoy in the many picnic areas.
If you'd like to help in the gardens before the walks, contact us on 0450596705
Friends of Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens Inc (FLRBG) The Gardens are on Widjabul country. 313 Wyrallah Road East Lismore. 3 kms from the Lismore CBD NO DOGS ALLOWED AT THE SITE.
Opening hours: Weekdays 7.30 am to 3.30 pm. Weekends 9 am to 4 pm
OPEN DAY SUNDAY 21ST AUGUST
Come along and get ready for Spring! We'll be celebrating 20 years since the first plantings in 2002.
Guided Walks, Native Plant nursery open, coffee, tea and cake stall, card and book stall, educational displays.
Cash only sorry, no card facilities.
9am gate opens
10 am Official naming of the Rose Hand Nursery AT THE NURSERY
10.30 am AT THE VISITORS CENTREPresentation of Honorary Life Memberships to Hazel Bridgett, Marie Matthews, Denis Matthews, Jan de Nardi and Geoff Walker and cutting of the 20th Anniversary Cake AT THE VISITORS CENTRE
11am Demonstration of amazing strenth of one leaf of the plant Gymnostachys ancneps Settlers Twine - once called the 'strongest plant in the world . AT THE VISITORS CENTRE
Please give a contact number and say which walk(s) and time you’d like.
EACH WALK TAKES ONE HOUR (NB Some walk times overlap) Numbers limited Gold coin donation appreciated.
9.30am USEFUL PLANTS GARDEN - Andreas
10.3O THE GARDENS REGENERATION – Mari Jo
11.00 NATIVE BEES AS POLLINATORS – Graeme
11.30 HOOP PINE FOREST - Marama
12.00 pmWILSON’S PARK SPECIES GARDEN - Tim
12.00pm USEFUL PLANTS GARDEN - Ken
12.30ENCOUNTERS 2020 GARDEN – Tracey
Meet at Visitor’s Centre 10 mins before walk please. Wear sturdy shoes and hat.
Friends workdays: Wednesdays 8 am to 11 am. Join us. Wear long sleeves and pants, hats and bring gloves and morning tea. Contact Ros on 0412317744 Nursery open Wednesdays between 10 am and 12 pm. Ring 0450596705 to let us know you are coming.
Please do not come to the Gardens if you have any flu symptoms or are feeling unwell.
If you would like to join the Friends and spend some time in the Gardens with us, please contact Ros on 0412317744. See more information below. We have lots to do in winter to keep the gardens looking good.
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. The HOOP PINE FOREST, at the eastern end, is a lovely cool shady place to walk. The paths, unsealed but well graded, take you up to a stony LABYRINTH at the top and the newly installed BIG OLD CHURCH BELL, a little further along the ridge. Have a look and feel free to ring the bell to mark your visit to the top of the forest.
Winter brings many unique flowers and fruits in the rainforest, so look up, and down! Our insects and birds are always quietly busy. Check out our notice boards at the Visitors Centre and garden shed for photos of what to look out for.
VOLUNTEER WORK DAYS AT THE GARDENS are held every Wednesday morning from 8 am to 11 am.
WEDNESDAY MORNING PROPAGATION GROUP at the nursery 9.30 to 12.00pm. Ring 0450596705 for information.