Friends event calendar

Find below a list of the Friends of the Gardens' Events planned for 2014...

Please note that event dates may change and we ask that you visit this site regularly to view any updates or changes.

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Orchid Extravaganza Queens Park
Saturday/ Sunday 20th / 21st September  > 9am onwards

Garden friends will have a stall there on the Saturday only. We require friends to assist to set up and attend at the stall, selling souvenirs and sharing information about the Botanic Gardens via the brochures and fact sheets. Everyone is welcome to join in. Two people are needed for each 1-2 hours shift. 

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October:

Friends Guided Walk:
Saturday October 18th - 3pm start

A Guided walk with a difference... We will walk along Lagoon Street to identify trees we pass. Friends are encouraged to research a tree and share with others during the walk the information they have discovered.

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November:

Friends of the Gardens Christmas Party
Saturday November 29th - 6.30

More details later

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December:

Christmas in the Gardens: 5.30 – 8.30pm
Sunday December 14th 

Come along and bring all the family to this very popular Christmas event from 5.30 to 8.30pm. Featuring well known local entertainers for an evening of family enjoyment. The 'Friends of the Gardens' will have their ever-popular raffles, glow candles, bracelets, and Christmas songbooks for sale. The Lagoon Cafe will be open until late. Contact Maya Harrison 49527300. botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au. From 5.30 pm. Any assistance from Friends to sell... would be greatly appreciated. PLEASE RSVP TO ALL EVENTS on 4952 7300 or maya.harrison@mackay.qld.gov.au

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February:

Friends of the Gardens Guided walk and 2014 Welcome BBQ
Saturday 15th February 4.00 pm start

This guided walk started at 4.00pm in the Regional Forest precinct of the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens where there were lots of interesting plants to view. The original Regional Forest of the Botanic Gardens was planted in 1995 with the garden beds north of the railway line planted in 1998 so this is considered the oldest part of our Botanic Gardens.
The walk was hosted by Dale Arvidsson, Curator of the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens and Irene Champion, long time member of the Society for Growing Australian Plants (SGAP) Mackay Branch.

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March:

Friends of the Gardens Planting Bee:
Saturday March 22nd: 8.30am – 12 noon

One of a variety of regular activities the Friends of the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens group participate in.
The Garden Friends planted in the Meadowlands section of the Botanic Gardens at their first Planting Bee on Saturday March 22. They parked in the parking area off Alexandra Street and met at the Meadowlands Amphi-theatre at 8.30am. All wore covered-in shoes and slip, slop, slap. Morning tea was provided by Robin McWhinney. Planting Bees offer all budding green thumbs a chance to get their hands dirty and help the Gardens extend their plant collection. For those new to the Botanic Gardens planting bees,  8.30am was the time to met for an essential small induction / guide to planting.

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Friends of the Gardens Walking Guides Training:
Saturday 29th March 2014: 10am – 1.00pm with a lunch to follow.

This was an opportunity for Friends of the Gardens to learn some of the 'tricks of the trade' in leading a Guided Walk.
The walks… could be the Free Friday Guided Walks presently held every Friday morning from 10.00am (April to October)…or a guided walk for the Friends in the future either through the Botanic Gardens or further-afield.
The Free Friday Guided walks in the Botanic Gardens for the public are easy to do with a range of conversation topics (rather than intense plant knowledge) needed.

Topics could include…
…a bit of the history of the Botanic Gardens (the deck signs can help you out here),
…knowledge of some of the features in the Botanic Gardens (Buildings, Malta Garden arches, Finch Hatton Gorge waterway, Wharf logs, Christopher Trotter Sculpture,
…some information regarding some of the plants in the Shade Garden and around the buildings (eg. some of our special plants like the Mt Blackwood Holly …our emblem)
…some Tourist or general information of things around Mackay,
…and possibly a little bit of creature information too… (Bungee Jumping Caterpillars).

Maya Harrison led this training session and included a 'demonstration guided walk'.

April:

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Friends of the Gardens Special Event:
Plants, Flavours and Fragrances Workshop:
Saturday April 12th: 3pm onwards.

Plants synthesize a large number of aromatic components, which trigger our senses of taste and smell. During this special workshop, presented by Jankees van de Have, we will review the history of spices and flavours, we touch on the plants and why they produce these compounds, and how they can be analysed.
One part of the presentation is devoted to Australian native plants and their usage as a source of flavours. We review interesting details of widely used flavours such as Vanilla and Strawberry, from plant to industrial product as we explore the journey from plant to consumer.Many of the discussed flavours and extracts will be available in the form of samples.

Jankees van der Have is a Daussie (Dutch background, Australian citizen) and a Volunteer Guide with the Brisbane Botanic Gardens. In 1983 he graduated from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, majoring in Microbiology and Biochemistry. Between 1983 and 2005, Jankees worked in various Research & Development positions in the food- and food ingredients industry. The last 10 years of this period he worked for IFF (International Flavours and Fragrances Inc.), as regional R&D director Europe, Africa, Middle East and India, so he certainly knows the scented side of plants! This is certain to be a sensory experience, to say the least. Feasting on the deck will follow.

RSVP essential by Wednesday 9th April.
For more information or to RSVP, contact the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens on 49 527300 or email botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au .

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Friends of the Gardens - Heritage Gardens Working Bee.
Wednesday 21st April 8.00am - 10.00am

This is a special project where our Volunteer Garden Friends can assist the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens staff to give this area of the Botanic Gardens (Heritage Gardens) some special care, but also the Garden Friends can benefit too... learning some Gardening skills. The first working bee starts with some Propagation techniques, taking cuttings (to be used in the propagation workshop on Saturday 3rd May), but also includes planting lots of annuals, deheading spent flowers and planting vegetables. A fantastic opportunity for those who wish to vounteer their time during the week.

RSVP your attendance either by email to botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au or calling 49527300.
We ask that if you have told us you are coming and then find you are unable to attend on the day... please send a text message or call Dale on his mobile... 0400069904 

May:

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Propagating Workshop:
Saturday 3rd May. 10am start

This exciting and interesting workshop will be held at the home of Meryl Ritchie and will be aimed primarily at those friends who wish to be part of the heritage garden Volunteer group. During this workshop, you will learn how to collect and propagate cuttings of the Heritage Garden plants.

RSVP essential by Wednesday 30th April.
For more information or to RSVP, contact the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens on 49 527300 or email botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au .

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Friends of the Gardens Planting Bee:
POSTPONED... Now on Saturday May 17th: 8.30am – 12 noon

One of a variety of regular activities the Friends of the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens group participate in.
The Garden Friends invite the community to participate with them planting in the Meadowlands section of the Botanic Gardens on Saturday May 10th. Park in the parking area off Alexandra Street and meet at the Meadowlands Amphi-theatre at 8.30am. Remember to wear covered-in shoes and slip, slop, slap. Morning tea will be provided. Everyone is welcome.
Planting Bees offer all budding green thumbs a chance to get their hands dirty and help the Gardens extend their plant collection.

For those new to the Botanic Gardens planting bees, please be there at 8.30 for an essential small induction / guide to planting.
Cost Free: RSVP essential for catering by Wednesday May 14th
For more information… Contact the Botanic Gardens on 49527300 or email botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au

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Farleigh Palm Fete: Sunday 18th May. 8.00am onwards

The Botanic Gardens will have a display stall alongside the SGAP stall (Society for Growing of Austratian Plants).
We require friends to assist to set up and attend at the stall, selling souvenirs and sharing information about the Botanic Gardens via the brochures and fact sheets. Everyone is welcome to join in. Two people are needed for each 1-2 hours shift.

Greenmount Heritage Fair: Sunday 25th May 10am - 4pm.

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Friends 'Mid Week' Planting Bee
Wednesday 21st May

Commening at 7.00am and going all day... Garden Friends are encouraged to come along and assist the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens staff add to our "Living Museum" planting in the Finch Hatton (and surrounds) area of the Botanic Gardens.

Meet at the Adminstration building from 7.00am. Feel free to come a little later in the morning (eg.8.00am, 9.00am) and join in, as it is an all day Planting Bee.

RSVP your attendance (and arrival time) either by email to botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au or calling 49527300.
We ask that if you have told us you are coming and then find you are unable to attend on the day... please send a text message or call Dale on his mobile... 0400069904.

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Friends of the Gardens Planting Bee:
Saturday June 14th: 8.30am – 12 noon

75 trees will be planted in staggered straight rows to represent current sustainable forestry techniques and the species that were original logged from our virgin forests like Red and Mackay Cedar.

The area the trees will be planted in is prone to strong SE winds and to give these trees the best start, they must be planted to the MRBG Planting Guide standard.

This planting bee will commence at 8:30am sharp…
to receive clear instructions and a demonstration from the MRBG Team Leader Horticulture Ross Demuth.

If you arrive late – it may cause communication breakdown and slow down our ability to oversee the planting as we reiterate instructions, so please help make this day run smoothly by being ready for an 8:30am start at the arboretum site on Lagoon Street (look for the Garden Friends marquee to sign on).

Please RSVP to the Botanic Gardens on 49527300 or email botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au . We can then send you a copy of the MRBG Planting guide standard for you to read prior to the Planting Bee.

If you are a first time volunteer – please arrive at 8:15am sharp for a safety induction with Maya.

Cost Free:

RSVP essential for catering (morning tea) by Wednesday June 11th to the Botanic Gardens.
For more information… Contact the Botanic Gardens on 49527300 or email botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au

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Friends of the Gardens AGM.

Tuesday June 24th, starting at 7.30 sharp.

Attracting Butterflies to your Garden: Speaker: Ross Kendall (President) Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club and Butterfly Encounters owner.

Come along to the Botanic Gardens Meeting Room at 7.30pm for a short AGM and then be delighted by Ross Kendall's informative talk; You will want to find out how to provide specific host plants and nectar rich flowering plants to entice those fluttering winged wonders (which will be live at the meeting too): The meeting will be followed with a small supper.

Cost Free: RSVP essential for catering and for Quorum number... by Friday 20th JuneFor more information… Contact Maya on 49527300 or email botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au

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July:

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Friends of the Gardens Guided Walk...

Queens Park and Orchid House
Saturday July 5th > 10am start.

Discover the history of Queen Park, the Ken Burgess Tropical Display House and some of the beautiful trees with Sue McCormack. Sue manages Council's orchid collection and has a passion for these plants that took her to the stunning 1 billon dollar Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, Kew Gardens in London and the Royal Sydney Botanic Gardens to learn and discuss the care of these stunning beauties.

Have a behind the scenes look at the orchid nursery, view the plans for the upcoming redevelopment of the site and enjoy Sue's enthusiasm for horticulture and exciting events like the annual Orchid Extravaganza and the International Orchid Congress to be held in Mackay in 2015.

The walk commences at 10am at the Orchid House (via the Goldsmith Street entry), followed by a BBQ lunch in Queens Park. Please bring along a chair and a salad or dessert to share. RSVP to Maya essential by Thursday 3rd July.


For more information or to RSVP, contact the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens on 49 527300 or email botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au .

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Friends of the Gardens - Heritage Gardens Working Bee.

Wednesday 2nd July 8.00am - 10.00am
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Wednesday 23rd July 8.00am - 10.00am

This is a special project where our Volunteer Garden Friends can assist the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens staff to give this area of the Botanic Gardens (Heritage Gardens) some special care, but also the Garden Friends can benefit too... learning some Gardening skills. These working bees will concentrate on light pruning, weeding and fertilizing. A fantastic opportunity for those who wish to vounteer their time during the week.

RSVP your attendance either by email to botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au or calling 49527300.
We ask that if you have told us you are coming and then find you are unable to attend on the day... please send a text message or call Dale on his mobile... 0400069904

 

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August:

Progagation Workshop
Saturday August 30th: 10am start.

This workshop will be held at the home of Meryl Ritchie, with a BBQ lunch to follow. More information closer to the date.

 

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September:

Friends Display at Porters
Saturday 13th September: 10am (time to be confirmed)

The Friends of the Gardens will be having a display of plants at Porters and those with lots of plant knowledge will be on hand to answer questions from members of the public. Porters would like to continue the link with the Botanic Gardens and in time provide a wider range of native plants in their Gardening section.

 

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Friends Eungella (Dalrymple Heights) Trip
Sunday September 14th : 10am star

Final chance to be a part of the Eungella Biodiversity Monitoring Study

During September from the 14th - 19th, the final 'session' for the year with the Eungella Biodiversity Monitoring study will occur - with your last chance to be involved.

The week will commence with a special Sunday Garden Friends guided walk on September 14 at Dalrymple Heights. We'll meet at Goode's Lookout via North Street at Eungella for a 10am start, then you can choose 1 of 2 activities.

Option 1 - For those that are keen to learn how the flora and fauna study occurs, join the car convoy to one or two of the Eungella Biodiversity Survey sites and then see the process of what goes on. This won't be a long or typical guided walk – it's a short but slightly tangled walk to the locations requiring a moderate level of fitness and the ability to walk over uneven ground. At the sites, you will join Irene, Bill McDonald and Maya Harrison from the MRBG and see how the data is collected with some rainforest plant identification.
Maya will talk about the insects of the study - and show some of the ways that the trapped insects were caught and identified.

Option 2 - For those not able to traverse rougher ground, follow Dale and Meryl to Quandong Lodge. Along the road in and at the lodge, we'll take an easy walk and identify a number of special plants to be seen.

We'll all meet up for lunch by 1pm at Quandong Lodge to enjoy the view over the property from the deck. Please bring along a plate of salad or dessert to share (and your esky) and a chair. Quandong Lodge has composting toilets, BBQ and microwave. The only other toilets during the day are at the Goode's Lookout starting point.

***PLEASE NOTE: If you missed out on previous chances to join in on the study, Bill McDonald, Irene, Dale and staff from the botanic gardens will be undertaking vegetation surveys during the week September 15-19. Some days will involve challenging walks through the rainforest, others will involve the more 'easy to access' sites. There may also be the opportunity to join the botanic gardens collecting, seeds and plants for the MRBG living collection at Quandong Lodge. To participate, you'll need some flexibility as last minute changes may occur based on weather and work achieved each day.

To register your attendance at the 2 options of the Sunday guided walk, or if you would like to join in on one of the weekday flora study activities, please contact the botanic gardens on either 4952 7300 or email botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au

Please note all activities are RSVP ESSENTIAL by Wednesday September 10 - due to catering and organisation purposes.

This activity has been a joint project with Mackay Regional Council, Griffith University, the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, the Garden Friends and SGAP Mackay Branch.

Please... It is essential to R.S.V.P. to Maya at the Botanic Gardens on 49527300 or email botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au by Wednesday 10th September for catering.

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