Kitchen in the Garden is the building at the Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha while the surrounds are the Kitchen Garden. This is now being maintained with help from fBBGSA volunteers overseen by MCBG professional gardener Tash. While Julie Lumsdale started it all off in February, Patty Munro is the new Team Leader for the Kitchen Garden volunteer team.

So come and have a look at what we are doing – give us praise, suggestions are welcome, and if this project excites you why not join us! You can come for a day or stay the year! Any interest you have can be directed to

Volunteers Sue Edwards, Fay Stutt, Patty Munro, Marie Hollingworth, and Ros Laundon. Note our handsome new sun-safe shirts with logo!! And that’s Tash in the yellow shirt (BCC gardener).

Brilliant flowers and foliage in the winter sunshine! Showing visitors how to grow edibles at home with tight spaces and limited resources while fighting off flocks of pesky Scrub Turkeys with upended plant trays!



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BTW: Dale Arvidsson mentioned using proven seed gathered from members which we thought an excellent idea. If you have some reliable vegetable/fruit seeds suited to Brisbane we would like to try some, for instance your Nana’s tomatoes or Dad’s Italian Parsley! Please may we have some seed?


John Taylor Talk

George Forrest (1873 – 1932) was one of the greatest of the plant hunters who explored the new world in the 19th and 20th centuries to find new plants and bring them back to Europe.

Forrest made seven trips to western China, one of the most plant diverse places in the world, and brought back to Britain hundreds of new species of garden plants. He also sent 30 000 herbarium specimens to the Royal botanic Gardens Edinburgh.

Forrest specialised in rhododendrons, and collected more than 300 species (of about 1 000 species in the genus).

Forrest had an eventful and productive life and this talk tells his story using images taken by the presenter in western China in 2005.
John Taylor is a forester who has worked on managing natural resources in Victoria and Queensland.

He managed the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and was Director of Parks and Gardens for the Brisbane City Council and consults on park planning and management.

He also managed the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and was until recently national Chair of the Australian Garden History Society. He is Treasurer of the Friends of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens.

Presented by Annette Irish,
Fellow Australian Institute of  Horticulture, 2000
Registered Horticulturist

Join us for a special insight as Annette takes us on a journey of Asian Botanic Gardens and the communities that support them.

Asia is home to many outstanding botanical, research and large private gardens. Travel throughout a variety of gardens in Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Sabah and Indonesia, along the way, learn how the gardens work with communities to support the garden programmes and activities and engage people with plants.
Horticulturally, the garden ‘tour’ will also highlight a number of gardening traditions that date back many thousands of years.


Annette Irish RH FAIH

The Presenter

Annette Irish FAIH is a passionate advocate for the horticulture industry in Australia and the Asian region and was the first Australian advisor to the Singapore government on all matters of horticultural training for their industry specialists.
Annette took the opportunity during the last 12 years to travel extensively researching tropical horticulture in Asia and enjoying the cultures of Asia. She has been a leader in the industry for over four decades and has researched and written many training programmes for the advancement of horticultural knowledge and skills.

Date: February 6th, 2018
Start Time 6.30pm supper, tea, and coffee for 7 pm start.
Venue: Auditorium at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha.
Cost. Gold Coin Donation.