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.


Patron of FBBGSA

Paul de Jersey AC 
His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland became The Friend’s patron in November 2017
Mr de Jersey AC, practised law in Queensland and was called to the Queensland Bar in 1971. He took silk in 1981 as one of Her Majesty’s Counsel (QC). He was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland from 1985 – 1998 and then Chief Justice of Queensland on 17 February 1998 holding the position until 2014.
His Excellency was appointed the 26th Governor of Queensland on 29 July 2014.

QLD Governor’s Community Support 

The Governor supports many organisations and programs across the State through a program of community engagement. The Governor’s duties include:

  • An extensive program of travel throughout the State to major centres and regional and remote communities
  • Using a platform for advocacy to provide patronage to a diverse range of Queensland groups through a program of community engagement
  • A wide-ranging program of activity such as visits, speeches, receptions, and celebrations of many milestones and anniversaries throughout the State.

Congratulations to the new FBBGSA

Board of Directors 2018-19.

The Friends of Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Sherwood Arboretum is pleased to announce the results of this year’s election at the AGM of September 4th 2018. 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.
The following members have been elected to serve as Directors for 2018- 2019, starting immediately.

In alphabetical order:


Phillipa Beeson

Phillipa has an extensive background in education both in Australia and Hong Kong. Phillipa takes up the role in a casual capacity and is keen to support the Board Directors to achieve the aims of the Friends and achieve the planned project outcomes .


Sidonie Carpenter

Landscape Architect & Horticulturist.

Sidonie brings to the board a wealth of industry experience with specialisations in Green Roof & Wall, Design & Specification & Education  over a 30 year period.

Sidonie has been gardening since she took her first steps. Her mother ran a nursery and one of her earliest memories is of being perched on a milk crate beside an old Greek man potting plants. She loves getting her hands dirty and uses her own garden as a tool for research and development and trialling new ideas.

Sidonie supports the board by providing a wealth of experience in the landscape industry and promotion of horticultural projects here and abroad. She has been actively involved in a number of not-for-profit organisations related to the horticulture and landscape industries holding a number of committee titles.


Annette Irish

Fellow Australian Institute of Horticulture,  Registered Horticulturist (RH08)
Annette Irish RH FAIH
Annette Irish RH FAIH

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. In 2017 was awarded the President’s Commendation for High Achievement for her work within the industry.

Annette has held the position of Vice Chair 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 & management system with educational programmes. it is envisaged that this will create opportunities for the public and industry to expand their horticultural skills and knowledge.


Arno King

GDLA MUP FAIH RH
Arno King GDLA MUP
Arno King GDLA MUP

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 and popular magazines. 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 new Friends of Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Sherwood Arboretum and has held the position of Director for Events Management since 2017.


Dr Jeannie Sim

BDesSt, BArch, GradDipLandArch, MA (Conservation Studies), PhD. The Presenter Dr Jean Sim As a Garden Historian, Jeannie has been researching Queensland and Tropicalian design since the 1990s. Recently retired from full-time academia at QUT as a Senior Lecturer in Landscape Architecture, Jeannie headed the team that set up the new history interpretation website for fBBGSA www.brisbanebotanictreasures.info in 2017. After leaving QUT, Jeannie set up a consultancy practice, providing advice about the conservation and protection of historic designed landscapes. Long-time clients include the Queensland Government (Works Department) concerning Government House, Paddington and Brisbane City Council for the City Botanic Gardens. Further publications on garden history in Queensland are planned for the future, if she just stays away from the gardening and crafting.

Dr Jeannie Sim is a garden historian and landscape architect. She was a Senior Lecturer in the School of Design (1997-2016) until her retirement but has been drawn back as a part time lecturer for the LA degree students.

Her passions include researching warm climate garden history (especially Queensland) and the conservation of historic landscapes.

The 2000 doctoral thesis revealed ‘Tropicalian’ garden design history. Reference to her work has been featured in various publications,  including 50 plus entries in the well-respected Oxford Companion to Australian Gardens, edited by Richard Aitken and Michael Looker (2001).

Jeannie’s heritage consultancies have focused on conservation management plans and reviews for the Old Brisbane Botanic Gardens and The Government House Grounds, Paddington.

Jeannie is a founding Director of the new Friends of Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Sherwood Arboretum and a founding member of the Lord Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Parks and Botanic Gardens.

Jeannie has held the position of Secretary FBBGSA since 2015.


John Taylor

John’s background as a forester has enabled him to immerse himself in the management of natural resources both in Victoria and Queensland. In the world of horticulture his journey has been varied and interesting.

He managed the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne and also as Director of Parks and Gardens for the Brisbane City Council.

John had the enviable role of managing the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and was until recently National Chair of the Australian Garden History Society.

He now works as a consultant.

John has held the position of Treasurer of FBBGSA since 2015.


Thank you to outgoing Directors

We would also like to thank the following Directors who are leaving the Board for their commitment and service for the year 2017 -2018 – Julie Lumsdale, retiring Chair and Sue Ogilvie.