Overview of the Conference:

Overview of the Conference:

Celebrating the botanical wonders of 1770s exploration and the influence on the botanical knowledge and the use of Australian and South Pacific tropical and sub- tropical flora.  Bank’s and Solander’s legacy of botanical research and what we could claim as the first ‘Botanic Gardens Friend’ 

Logo represents Livistona australis– the first plant identified offshore at Batemans Bay by Banks that grows from northern Victoria to FNQ.

Proposed Program

Conference Day 1

Friday 22nd


  • Registration and Early afternoon guided tour City Botanic Gardens from 1pm
  • Welcome Garden party – ‘Sunset in The Dome’– Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-Tha starting 5:00pm
Conference Day 2

Saturday 23rd

Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-Tha

Keynote Speakers – TBA

  • Planned ‘Banks & Solander’ guided walks through gardens 
  • Aspects of Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Is sub-tropical and tropical species in gardens of the regions
  • Banks, Solander, Parkinson and the team of botanists and artists and more 
Conference Day 2 Dinner and Guest Speaker

Saturday 23rd 6pm start (optional)
Botanic Gardens Café Mt Coot-tha

Conference Day 3

Sunday 24th 

  • Early morning breakfast Tour of Sherwood Arboretum (extra activity)
  • Return to Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-Tha

Speakers Topics to include:


  • ‘Friends’ in AustralAsiaPacific regions  – Developing collaborative networks
  • Ethnobotany networks – communities within the South Pacific
  • ‘Community and Volunteers for Friends’ – individual groups 5 minute presentation series
  • AGM 2019

Proposed pre-tour to Sunshine Coast

PRE TOUR Sunshine Coast Region

May 21st and 22nd – Cost to be finalised

Thursday 21 May 2020

  • Leave from Brisbane CBD by bus at 8:30 am
  • Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Morning Tea and Guided walk through Reserve
  • Montville township tour
  • Maroochydore Bushland Botanic Gardens Welcome and Lunch Botanical Art Exhibition, Sculpture Garden Walk and Guided walks
  • Noosa Heads via coast road to Noosa Heads Resort overnight
  • Dinner at  Hastings Street (not included).

Friday 22 May 2020

  • Breakfast at hotel (included)
  • Walk to Noosa National Park (bus leaves hotel at 8.30 for non-walkers)
  • Noosa Botanic Garden Morning tea and guided walks
  • Redcliffe for lunch (not included), Banks and Solander 2020 Bot Art Exhibition
  • Return to Brisbane for Garden Party at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha Tropical Dome

Post-tour to Gold Coast surrounds

POST TOUR Gold Coast Region

May 25th and 26th  – To be finalised: 

  • Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens
  • Currumbin Bird Sanctuary
  • 
Tamborine Mt Botanic Gardens
  • Possibilities Currumbin Valley bushwalks

Further details of the conference will be uploaded in late July 2019