Upcoming MEMBER only Event

As a thank you for your support of the Circles exhibition
Friends of Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Sherwood Arboretum invite the volunteers, members and guides for a farewell drinks afternoon tea at the close of the exhibition at the Richard Randall Studio

RSVP to Mary Jo Katter at

Richard Randall Studio Mt Coot-Tha Botanic Gardens 
February 25th Feb from 4.30 pm to 7 pm
Our raffle will be drawn at 5pm
Mary Jo Katter
Cool drinks wine and nibbles will be served.

‘Hidden Treasures’

Wander this beautiful garden of

Michael and Kim Rabbidge

Open Garden – Last Chance Visit

Monday, October 16th, 2017.


General Public WELCOME

Featured on ABC Gardening Australia TV,

GA magazine, Queensland Homes magazines.

What’s hidden in this treasure of a garden

You and your friends are invited to

Tea and Cake in the relaxed Norman Park garden

of Michael and Kim Rabbidge.

Developed over twelve years, the front section features a vegie garden, lawn,

hedging and two tropical birch trees.

In the secluded northern section terraced walls painted a deep navy

create the ideal backdrop to various subtropical plantings.

There are several nooks for relaxing over a cup of tea or coffee.

Cost: $10 – pre-purchase tickets by Wednesday 11th October


For more information, email: or phone Julie Lumsdale on 0455 412 302

When: Monday 16th October
Where: 100 Railway Parade Norman Park
Time: 10am – 11am

This is a FBBGSA fundraising event for the benefits of The Friends activities and various supporting garden projects. 

Arno King Summer Vegie Gardening National Gardening Week Talk

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Arno King Summer Vegie Gardening National Gardening Week Talk

Arno King Summer Vegie Gardening National Gardening Week Talk

Arno King Summer Vegie Gardening National Gardening Week Talk

Arno King Summer Vegie Gardening National Gardening Week Talk

Arno King Summer Vegie Gardening National Gardening Week Talk


Summer Vegie Gardening

National Gardening Week Talk

The Friends invite all members & guides
to a morning with

Arno King

Registered Horticulturist,
Registered Landscape Architect

at the

Kitchen Garden

Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha

8th October 2017
10 am to 12 noon – come at 9.30am for a cuppa.

Arno will talk about:

How to prepare the vegetable garden to maximise summer production;
The importance of seasonal produce;
The right vegies and right varieties to suit the season;
Top crops to grow over the summer;
Seasonal issues to address;
& Q & A session

Vegies in pots will be available to purchase on the day –

All proceeds go The Friends to support the various projects and activities  

Cost : Tickets $5.00 for Friends and Guides
Tickets collected at venue

Bookings :

Contact: Julie Lumsdale 0455 512 302


The natural history art exhibition – reFraming Nature 2017 – will be run by the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens (FRBG) in Melbourne from October 7-22.  The exhibition covers a vast array of topics from birds to frogs, ferns to fungi, beetles to penguins, so there will be something for everyone.

This year, we have some special visitors – a parade of penguins will be joining us to help lead the way to the gallery.  The penguins have been painted and dressed by some of our artists and include Pierre, our artist penguin painted by Dianne Emery and is shown on our poster.  Before the exhibition begins, the penguins will be visiting various landmarks around Melbourne so be sure to follow their travels on our facebook page and social media sites.

All the paintings and drawings exhibited aim to be as scientifically accurate as possible while expressing at the same time artistic vision and creative individuality.  All works are for sale including unframed original works and prints, along with artists’ cards.

Highlights of the exhibition include artist in residence, the ever-popular people’s choice award and children’s colouring in.  We will be running an artists’ market on October 21-22 to coincide with the Royal Botanic Gardens Plant Sale and Rare Plant Fair.

reFraming Nature 2017 will be held in Domain House Gallery, Dallas Brooks Drive, located behind the Shrine of Remembrance – just look for the penguins.  The exhibition opens from 10am to 4pm daily.

reFraming Nature 2017 at a glance:

Date: 7-22 October

Where: Domain House Gallery, Dallas Brooks Drive, Melbourne 3004 (Behind the Shrine of Remembrance – look for the penguins)

Times: 10am – 4pm daily

Admission: free (although a gold coin donation will help with our charitable fundraising efforts)

by Stuart Read – 9 August 2017

Australian Garden History Society

FBBGSA are pleased to announce this event for August organised by our sister group of AGHS. While they are always welcoming new members, this event is also open to non-members as well. Please consider attending for a really interesting illustrated talk.


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

5.30 pm for 6.00 pm

Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha Auditorium

‘Landscapes of Capability Brown’ by Stuart Read

AGHS wrote: “We are delighted to have the company of Stuart Read, National Management Committee member, to speak on the landscapes of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. 

Stuart’s talk includes the highlights of a UK trip last northern autumn when he attended an international conference celebrating 300 years of the global influence of Capability (Lancelot) Brown, perhaps that island’s greatest landscape design export. 

Stuart examines Brown’s key design ingredients and mode of working, some key ‘jobs’ and recent restorations. He will describe visits to estates and gardens in the south-west: Cornwall, Wiltshire, Somerset and Gloucestershire: some by Brown, others by his competitors and by ‘gentlemen amateurs’, such as Stourhead and Hestercombe.” 

Brisbane’s Friends set to Flourish at Ekka 2017

by Jo Roberts

Yippee! At last – there’s a renewed focus on ornamental Horticulture at the Ekka, rivalling the excitement I remember well from years ago. Horticulture has great new exposure at the Old Museum, to be enlivened by visits from ABC’s Costa with his enormous personality effervescing everywhere (not to mention his devoted media). And there’s improved access ensuring visitor numbers will be well up. Ekka 2017 will be good for Horticulture. This is wonderful news for the Friends! We’re aiming to attract people both to visit and love our Gardens and to join FBBGSA. There are also Horticulture competitions to enter (see below), talks to enjoy across the 11 days of the Show and the Friends’ display to support in whatever way you can.

We have an excellent position in the Old Museum and have a roster of Friends attending our stand throughout the Ekka. We want to create a buzz of enthusiasm around our stand so PLEASE visit for a chat and PLEASE if possible do a stint on the stand. It’s all fun! Maybe we can we aim to entrap Costa for as long as possible for photo opportunities and the exposure he creates! Encourage him to join!

Our display will showcase Natives and Kitchen garden plants, linked together with Bush Tucker plants and some of the animals that call the Gardens home. Here’s where we’re at: Friends are already potting up kitchen garden species, Rob Percy of Aspley Nursery has generously offered to lend advanced sized native/other plants, and Queensland Museum is lending animal specimens of the sort Gardens visitors encounter. Our display will be quite different from those of the neighbouring Garden Clubs – we really can’t compete with them for sheer floral “eye-candy” – but we can be attention-getting, informative, a bit surprising and very welcoming.

Can you help with any of the following?

  •  Do you have any potted unusual local native plants? Plants which are “Bush Tucker”? The Samford N.P.Q group will lend us a few specimens but we’ll need as many examples as possible. (See list of suggestions)
  •  Can you please check Julie’s roster and consider doing a stint on the display? Otherwise please just visit the stand and help generate a real buzz of interest and good cheer.

Can you contribute to the 2017 horticulture buzz by entering Ekka Horticulture competitions?

  •  potted plant competition [still open! Closes 4th August]
  •  temporary verge display garden – 3m x 1.5m – around the Old Museum [closed 30th June]

These competitions are sponsored by the Nursery & Garden Industry Association Queensland and Rocky Point Mulching. There are prizes! 


  •  Check with Julie Lumsdale to put yourself on the Friends’ Ekka roster (free entry to Ekka!!!)
  •  Go to the Ekka website to check out competition details:
  •  Check your potted plants or garden specimens for Native/Bush Tucker examples – a few suggested species are appended.


We’re looking forward to a productive and thoroughly enjoyable Ekka. If you can help please phone Julie Lumsdale on 0455 512 302 or email her

Hope to see you there.

Cheers, Jo Roberts 

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.