OPEN DAY: Geoff Walker acts as guide in Lismore Botanic Gardens Useful Plants Garden.
OPEN DAY: Geoff Walker acts as guide in Lismore Botanic Gardens Useful Plants Garden.

Family day at Lismore gardens

LISMORE Rainforest Botanic Gardens will take part in an open day of gardens from all over Australia and New Zealand on May 28.

"Friends” president Marie Matthews said Lismore was also working with Northern Rivers Science Hub, which was about connecting science with the arts and the environment.

"So we are including some items with a scientific focus,” Marie said. 

"Their theme for the day is 'conserving native plants - our lives depend on it'.

"As part of a children's education program, we want to set up a play area for children and we are building a Cool Cubby, using where possible recycled materials and setting it up to be environmentally friendly.  

"We will have an official launching of the Cool Cubby program outside the visitors centre at 9.45am on the open day.”

Children are invited to bring morning tea to the gardens, and their teddy bears.

"One of our teachers will read them a story relating to the cubby and involve them in games and other activities,” Marie said. 

"There will be picnic rugs and little tables and chairs which the kids can use. 

"We will have a local plant artist, Tim Roberts, there all morning to encourage the children to make their own art - and his own beautiful artwork will be available to purchase.

"We will have an electronic microscope set up so children and adults can look at plants and insects greatly enlarged.”

Native plants grown in the gardens' nursery will be for sale, and visitors will be able to pot up their own plants and take them home.  

"Elsewhere in the gardens there will be a special guided walk of the Useful Plants Garden, learning the many uses of the plants found there by the local indigenous people, by early settlers, by the bush food industry and for the development of medicinal drugs,” Marie said.

"At 10.30am there is a really interesting talk about native bees given by Peter Swain.

"And his associate Don Woodley will give a demonstration about making your own native beehive immediately after Peter's talk. 

"Our volunteers will be around to give advice about growing native plants in this area, and there is a selection of books about rainforest and local groundcovers in the visitors centre.”

Open day at Lismore Botanic Gardens is Sunday, May 28, from 9.30am to 12pm.

The gardens are on Wyrallah Rd about 3km from the CBD.

For details contact or phone 0415960284.

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