DIVE into colour at the Botanic Garden on May 28.
DIVE into colour at the Botanic Garden on May 28. Belinda Scott

Colour and insects for Coffs Botanic Gardens open day

NATIONAL Botanic Gardens Open Day on Sunday, May 28 will see a new special event at the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden.

In co-ordination with other botanic gardens around Australia, Coffs Harbour's Garden will roll out the welcome mat from 9am-4pm on May 28.

Friends of the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden president Bron Fox said it would be the first time the garden had joined in the event, in which botanic gardens and arboretums throughout Australia and New Zealand celebrated the important work they did for plant conservation.

There will be a plant fair, workshops, stalls, displays, demonstrations, plant sales and children's events.

Bron said there would even be insect hotels which would be sure to intrigue children.

The insect hotels are being designed by the garden's operations manager Rick Ackland.

"I've got a mud wasp in my insect hotel," Bron said.

There will be bee keepers along with the Coffs Harbour Garden Club, Orchid Society, Bonsai Society and other organisations, with information about their activities.

Guided tours of the garden and the people mover will be on hand to transport those who find walking difficult.

There will also be a barbecue and the cafe will be open.

Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand Inc launched the national open day last year.

"We want as many people as possible to come along, enjoy the day and perhaps buy a nice plant," Bron said.

"This is our first toe in the water for this event although the garden did have a botanica event some years ago."

Entry to the garden is free.

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