More than Botany Bay!


Director Arno King Landscape Architects Pty Ltd

Grad Dip Urban Design; Grad Dip Land Arch;

Dip Amenity Hort; FAIH; AILA; MHMA; MQELA 

Arno is a Registered Landscape Architect and Registered Horticulturist, having some 35 years of experience in landscape design, horticulture, urban design and visual assessment. Working in multi-disciplinary practices and for government bodies, in Australia and overseas, Arno enjoys a collaborative approach to projects, including facilitating community workshops and working with a diversity of design professionals.  He is interested in the development of engaging and useable environments, which enhance the qualities of place.  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. 

Plants collected by Banks and Solander: their significance to Indigenous people

Dr Glenys Bishop


More than 300 of the plants collected by Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander and illustrated by Sidney Parkinson from the east coast of Australia were subsequently included in the Banks Florilegium. Their interest lay in discovering new plants not seen before in other parts of the world. However,  the Indigenous people of Australia used these plants as sources of food, as medicines, in ceremonies and to make household items and hunting equipment. I will illustrate some of these uses in a selection of plants from the Florilegium.

Dr Glenys Bishop
In my working life I was a statistician, collaborating with biologists, agricultural scientists, medical researchers, economists and social scientists. I am a member of the Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens and have been a Volunteer Guide since 2010. From 2012-2014 I was the convenor of the Volunteer Guides at the ANBG, and, in 2017, I convened the Australasian Botanic  Volunteer Guides Conference in Canberra.

Title - TBA


BDesSt, BArch, GradDipLandArch, MA (Conservation Studies), PhD. 

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.

Dr Jeannie Sim

Banks - His Life and Legacies 

Lecture streamed from UK

by Paul  Scott
CEO The Joseph Banks Society 
Banks specimens found inside a copy of Paradise Lost
Banks specimens found inside a copy of Paradise Lost


Sir Joseph Banks, 1st Baronet, GCB, PRS (1743-1820) was described recently by Sir David Attenborough as “The Great Panjandrum of Georgian Science”. This very vivid description reflects upon the position he held as President of the Royal Society for over 41 years. This was during a time when Britain was at the beginning of its industrial revolution, and which Richard Holmes describes in his incredible book as “The Age of Wonder”. Joseph Banks started his incredible journey from The Fens of Lincolnshire to a circumnavigation of the globe with Lieutenant James Cook, and then to the very peak of the British establishment as the President of The Royal Society. He advised King George III on the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and was instrumental in sending botanists and gardeners around the world to collect plants, this was to result in Kew becoming the world’s leading botanical gardens. Sir Joseph Banks died in 1820 and is buried in Heston, this year marks the bicentenary of his death.

This talk will explore the life of young Banks and his early influences, Banks the explorer and collector, and finally his significant period as president of the Royal Society.

The Sir Joseph Banks Society is based in Horncastle Lincolnshire. The aim of the Society is to stimulate interest in his life and achievements through education, research, publications and events and by strengthening Lincolnshire links with Australia and New Zealand.

If Sir Joseph had been alive today, he would be sharing the stage with our patron Sir David Attenborough, highlighting the importance of our forests, oceans, and the diversity of species both animal and botanical. The society whilst holding significant collections of historic information on Sir Joseph Banks is increasingly focusing its work on botany and science and is helping to train new young botanists and support under graduates via our partnership program Love Lincs Plants.

Further information including how to join the society can be found on our website.  www.joseph-banks.org.uk

Paul Scott, CEO of the Joseph Banks Society
Paul Scott, CEO of the Joseph Banks Society

Paul Scott is a trustee and founder member of the Joseph Banks Society, he is also curator of the society collections.





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