The Friends of Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Sherwood Arboretum Ltd. is a not-for-profit Company Limited by Guarantee.

The FBBGSA Company objectives are:

  1. To advocate for the conservation and protection of heritage, natural, scientific and recreational values of Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Sherwood Arboretum;
  2. To encourage high standards and effective management and maintenance of Brisbane Botanic gardens and Sherwood Arboretum;
  3. To support the administration and enhancement of BBGs and Sherwood Arboretum;
  4. To promote public appreciation of BBGs and Sherwood Arboretum as well as scientific, horticultural, artistic, literary and educational interests at local, State, Federal and international levels;
  5. To engage with a widely diverse community with a program of ongoing events and activities in support of BBGs and Sherwood Arboretum;
  6. To connect with individuals, groups, organisations and agencies and share knowledge and experience in order to achieve the foregoing objectives.

The board of The Friends of Brisbane Botanic Gardens & Sherwood Arboretum are pleased to announce that Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young PSM Governor of Queensland and Professor Graeme Nimmo RFD have accepted our invitation to be the FBBGSA’ Patrons for the life of the governor’s appointment.

Congratulations to the new FBBGSA…

Board of Directors 2023/24

The Friends of Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Sherwood Arboretum is pleased to announce the results of this year’s election at the AGM of December 2023. The board members bring an enviable cache of leadership expertise and industry experience to the table. They will enable The Friends to continue to meet our objectives and build on our work to support the gardens and the community.
Annette Irish RH FAIH

Annette Irish – Director, Secretary

Fellow Australian Institute of Horticulture,  Registered Horticulturist (RH08) Ret.

Annette has been a practising horticulturist and teacher for over 4 decades. She loves working with soil, enhancing soil fauna and collecting unusual plants, tropical species and orchids.

From March 2006 to April 2017 her company worked with the Singapore Government developing and teaching the Certified Practising Horticulturist Programme for the horticulture/landscape industry.

Annette was conferred as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Horticulture in 2000. As an industry spokesperson in 2002 Annette was invited to the Lifestyle Horticulture industry Development Council by DPI Minister Henry Palaszczuk. In 2017 she was awarded the President’s Commendation for High Achievement for her work within the industry.

Annette has held a board position since 2016. Her aims have been to focus on establishing sound business, IT & management practices. Moving forward she wishes to concentrate on marrying our web-based communication & member services with educational programmes. It is envisaged that this will create opportunities for the community to expand their horticultural skills and knowledge.

Arno King GDLA MUP

Arno King Director, Volunteer Projects Manager

Grad Dip Landscape Architecture Master Urban Planning
Fellow Australian Institute of Horticulture, Registered Horticulturist (RH)

Arno is a Registered Landscape Architect and Registered Horticulturist with more than 30 years of experience in landscape design, horticulture, urban design and visual assessment.

A prolific writer, his articles are featured in blogs, many specialist journals, popular magazines and more recently horticultural presenter on Brisbane radio 4BC. Arno has a special interest in planting design, incorporating appropriate vegetation to enhance our urban spaces.

He is committed to professional education and to mentoring novice practitioners.

Arno is a founding Director of the Friends of Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Sherwood Arboretum and has been a member of the board since 2015.

Megan Hogan, Director

Megan holds law degrees from the University of New England and the Queensland University of Technology school of Law and is admitted as a lawyer to the Supreme Court of Queensland.  Megan is a member of the friends fbbgsa and has volunteered as Welcomer with the  Mt Coot-tha Botanic gardens visitor centre where she provided information to local, intersate and international tourists on the self guided walking trails and free guided walks around the gardens. Her interests include horticulture, art, interior design, photography, painting, Botanical garden walks and gardening. 

Kat Pearson

horticulturist, keen gardener, FOBBGSA newsletter editor, and event coordinator – we are so appreciative of her energy and enthusiasm.

ACN: 607 589 873 ABN: 20 607 589 873