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)
We are open: Monday - Friday 7.30 am to 3.30 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9 am - 4 pm (may change due to Covid restrictions)
Sunday May 30 is Australia and New Zealand Botanic Gardens Open Day.
Program for the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens Open Day (Cash only sorry, no card facilities)
Gates open 9 am (NO DOGS PLEASE)
from 9.30 am Native plants, morning tea, card and book stalls, self-guided walks, kids activities, displays in Visitors Centre
9.45 am Guided Walk of the Useful Plants garden with Andreas
10.15 am Native Bees as Pollinators with Graeme
10.45 am Hoop Pine Walk with Marama
10.45 am Opening of the Jeni and Andrew Binns' Sensory Garden
11.00 am Guided Walk of the Useful Plants Garden with Jake
Bring your cash please. No card facilities available sorry.
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 over the autumn period.
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.
Autumn is a magnificent time in the Gardens, fungi and fruits abound!! Our insects and birds are always quietly busy. Check out our notice boards at the Visitors Centre for photos of what to look for.
VOLUNTEER WORK DAYS AT THE GARDENS are held every Wednesday morning from 8 am to 11 am and on the last Sunday of each month from 9 am to 11 am
OUR NEXT SUNDAY WORKDAY will be Sunday 27th June from 9 am to 11 am. Ring 0450596705 if you'd like to join in or just turn up, wearing sturdy shoes, long sleeves and long pants. Bring gloves and a hat.
WEDNESDAY MORNING PROPAGATION GROUP at the nursery 9.30 to 11.00am Ring 0450596705 for information
NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING - Saturday, 15th May, at 9.15 am in the Environmental Education Centre