Conference Programme

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.  

Banks’ and Solander’s legacy of botanical research and what we could claim as the first ‘Botanic Gardens Friends’ 

Friends Celebrating 250 years

Celebrating the botanical wonders of 1770s exploration and the influence of English botanist, Sir Joseph Banks and Swedish naturalist, Daniel Solander, who could be claimed as the first ‘Botanic Gardens Friends’.

How have their discoveries influenced the use of Australian & South Pacific tropical & sub-tropical flora in horticulture today?

The conference logo represents Livistona australis, the first plant identified by Banks, sighted from on board HM Bark Endeavour sailing off Batemans Bay NSW.

This iconic palm species grows from northern Victoria to Far North Queensland.

Conference Programme

Conference Day 1

Friday 22nd

  • Registration starting at 12:30pm – collect your conference bag and goodies
  • Begin your afternoon guided tours of City Botanic Gardens starting from 1pm
  • Meet at the Visitor Information Centre
  • Welcome Garden party – ‘Twilight in The Dome’– Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-Tha starting 5:30pm

Conference Day 2

Saturday 23rd May

Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-Tha

  • 8:45 am start 
    Welcome, Conference news Annette Irish & Gardens overview Dale Arvidsson
  • 9:30 am– 10:15 am 
    Two alternating guided walks –
  • QLD Herbarium Exhibition open
  • 10:15 am to 10:45 am
    Morning Tea – QLD Herbarium Exhibition open
  • 10:45 am to 12 noon 
    Two alternating guided walks – QLD Herbarium Exhibition open
    • ‘Banks & Solander’ 2 guided walks through Australian Plant Collection and Australian Rainforest gardens 
    • Banks & Solander Exhibition of Original herbarium specimens – QLD Herbarium
  • 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm
    Lunch QLD Herbarium Exhibition open
  • 1:00 pm: – 2:30 pm
  • 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
    Afternoon Tea
  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Dinner in the Park Conference Dinner (optional)

Saturday 23rd May 6:00 pm for 6:30 pm start 

Botanic Gardens Café Mt Coot-tha

Conference Day 3

‘Breakfast with the Birds amongst the trees’ (optional)

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

Sunday 24th May

Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-Tha

9:00 am 

9:45 am – 10:15 am 
Morning Tea

10:15 am – 12 noon
Keynote Speakers To be announced

12:00 Noon – 1:00 pm

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Community and Volunteers for Friends’ – individual groups presentation series

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Afternoon Tea

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
2022 conference – Eurobodalla Botanic Gardens NSW

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Question time

4:00 pm





Pre-conference Sunshine Coast Tour

Sherwood Arboretum ‘Breakfast with the Birds amongst the trees’

Post-conference Gold Coast Tour


Mt Coot tha Gardens

In the Herbarium.

The State herbarium holds some of the actual specimens collected during the 1770 Endeavour’s journey, a selection of these will be on display (behind glass) in the Foyer during May 2020.

Adjacent to the Administration Building.

A planting of some of the species collected by Banks and Solander.

In the Library. To be confirmed

During May 2020 there will be a display, probably relating to Botanic Illustration, with some activities for children.

In the Visitor Information Centre.

During the month of May 2020 the display will cover aspects of plant collecting and storage.  Focusing on the ‘Age of Discovery’ and reasons why we collect specimens.

Supported by...

Sir Joseph Banks Society