The Friends of Brisbane Botanic Gardens & 
Sherwood Arboretum 

What’s On in July

‘Connect – Promote – Protect’
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FBBGSA PO Box 39 Sherwood QLD 4075  ACN:  607 589 873  ABN:  20 607 589 873

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Wednesday Night Speakers Series July 2021

The Science and Culture of Vertical Gardens 

Hear from one of Qld’s leading innovative specialists speak on the art and science of vertically gardening. Vertical gardens are recognised to have a positive impact on people and the environment. They are recorded in history going back millennia. What are the environmental benefits? How do we reduce environmental impacts through vertical gardening? How do they engage new technologies? What design features can be applied?

About the Presenter Shane Sadkowsky 

Shane is a vertical garden specialist with a background in environmental studies. The mission of his work is to honour the atmosphere that plants create and to make the rewards of gardening available to everyone. 
He has invented his own vertical garden system made from recycled timber and natural materials with least environmental impacts.

Date:    Wed Jul 14 2021, 06:30pm –  08:00pm AEST

Venue    Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha Auditorium  Mt Coot-tha Rd Toowong


  • Members: $10.00 
  • BCC volunteer Guides, welcomers and FOSA members: $12.00
  • Non-members: $15.00
Brisbane Botanic Treasures Series Workshop 1

Nature Journalling with Bethan Burton

Nature journaling allows us to see the world with new eyes!
Nature journaling is a way of deepening our connection with nature and understanding the world around us. The process of nature journaling involves asking questions, observing closely, reflecting on our observations and capturing all this on paper using words, pictures and numbers. Nature journaling brings together elements of science, art and mindfulness.
In this workshop we will begin to look at nature through a lens of curiosity and wonder. We will learn tools and techniques for keeping a nature journal and then spend time creating a nature journaling page, drawing inspiration from the flora and fauna in the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens.

About your teacher Bethan Burton

an artist and environmental educator who is passionate about creating connections through nature journaling. Bethan believes that nature journaling is a practice that is highly beneficial both personally and environmentally that is accessible to everyone. 
Date and Times Thu Jul 29 2021, 10:00am – 12:00pm AEST
Venue    Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Auditorium , Mt Coot-tha Rd, Toowong
  • Members: $30.00  
  • Non-Members:  BCC Volunteers, welcomers and FOSA members $35.00
  • Non-members $40.00
Dress for the outdoors – hat, sunscreen, sturdy shoes. 
Please note: This class requires at least seven (7)  students to run. In the unlikely event that we don’t get this number of students, we’ll offer a credit for FBBGSA events or provide a ful refund to you. We will inform you via email, so please watch your email a few days prior to the class so you can decide.
Artistic Activities Series Workshop 2

Mosaic Stepping Stone:

Introductory workshop – Art of Mosaic

Presented by Kate Wall – Consulting Horticulturist
This is a good introductory workshop to the art of mosaics and learning how to repurpose items such as broken crockery, mirrors, shells, buttons etc.Limited only by your imagination.
The workshop will be 1.5 hours and will involve creating a mosaic in a terracotta plant saucer.
You can choose to use the small saucers (approx 20cm) provided and you can also bring your own. Make 2 if you wish!
There will be plenty of things you can smash and use. You are also welcome to bring any old crockery, costume jewellery or trinkets you may like to use.
All about Kate
What to wear: olde clothes, long trousers and long sleeves, sturdy upper fully enclosed shoes
What to bring – if you wish – own saucer and ‘broken bits’. 
Date: Thursday July 29th 2021  
Venue    Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-Tha Auditorium Courtyard, Mt Coot-Tha Rd Toowong 
Starts    Thu Jul 29 2021, 12:00pm – 1:30pm AEST
  • Members: $35.00 per including materials
  • Members: BBG Volunteer guides, Welcomers and FOSA $40.00 including materials
  • Non- Members: $45.00 including materials 

Please note: This class requires at least five students to run. In the unlikely event that we don’t get this number of students, we’ll offer a credit for FBBGSA events or provide a ful refund to you. We will inform you via email, so please watch your email a few days prior to the class so you can decide.    

The Friends Photo Club

The Club needs 7 members to start photographing together – so don’t miss out

‘It’s all about Photograph-ing …. Not Camera-ing’

For the beginner through to intermediate skilled photographers, this program isn’t about how your camera captures the image., this program is all about  ‘photographing’ the scene, not ‘camera-ing’. 

About your host ….. Jim Dobbin:

Jim is a national prize-winning photographer with experience covering various types of photography.
Program structure
Delivered with a mixture of onsite classes with walk and talk at the gardens, notes and tasks via email with homework if you wish.
READ More …….
Cost for 6 month program by Enrolling on-line. 
Members fBBGSA – $225.00  Non-members fBBGSA – $275.00 includes 1 year membership of $30.00:  

This is at half the standard price of equivalent programmes in Brisbane.

The BBG Volunteer Guides invite FBBGSA members 

Dr Margaret Cook will be presenting her book

‘A River with a City Problem’. 
The Book – A River with a City Problem: When floods devastated South East Queensland in 2011, who was to blame? Despite the inherent risk of living on a floodplain, most residents had pinned their hopes on Wivenhoe Dam to protect them, and when it failed to do so, dam operators were blamed for the scale of the catastrophic events that followed.
A River with a City Problem is a compelling history of floods in the Brisbane River catchment, especially those in 1893, 1974 and 2011. Extensively researched, it highlights the force of nature, the vagaries of politics and the power of community. With many river cities facing urban development challenges, Dr Cook makes a convincing argument for what must change to prevent further tragedy.
The Author Margaret Cook 
holds a PhD in history from the University of Queensland. She is a member of the Professional Historians Association, has a significant body of work in environmental and social history and heritage conservation, and has worked in cultural tourism and the museum sector. Margaret is a former Deputy Chair of the Queensland Heritage Council and Vice President of the National Trust of Queensland and was inducted into the Ipswich Heritage Hall of Fame in 2015. Margaret lives in Ipswich with her husband and two sons.
This is a Free event for FBBGSA MEMBERS ONLY:  
When: Monday 5 July 2021, 9.30 to 10.30
Where: Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Auditorium, Mt Coot-tha Rd, Toowong
Morning Tea: We are welcome to stay for tea and coffee from 10.30 to 11.00am and chat with the Guides. 
Email your interest to by NOON, Friday 2nd July. 

in our Volunteer Teams –

for our new Projects relating to the gardens
The FBBGSA Members wish to welcome all our New Members
since June 1st 2021

Marina Marangos, Tania Mawbey, Glenda Pradella, Isabel Hancock
Thank you for your support by joining as FBBGSA members. We look forward to introducing you to our new programmes and learning and sharing together …. for the benefit of our members, our community and, importantly, the botanic gardens. 

Erratum: Thank you to Dinah 
Thank you Dinah Johnson  for your continuing support to The Friends
and helping to spread the word at the Open Day. 

Remember to visit
webpage of
What’s Flowering
this month.
Click on the pic to go to the site.
Interested in the background and history of our gardens? 
Visit the Brisbane Botanic Treasures website developed by Dr Jean Sim with support of Marcus Richardson and webmaster Jim Dobbin.
Be part of the team to now extend the ‘Treasures’ and work on the history and development of the Mt Coot-tha site.
Contact to register your interest