Enjoy a day in the gardens and celebrate all things botanic

To celebrate Botanic Gardens Day, Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens is hosting a special community event to celebrate all things botanic.

The Botanic Gardens Open Day will be held on Saturday, May 25, from 8am to noon on the Tropical Sun Lawn.

This family-friendly event promises to be a delightful time for all ages.

Council's Libraries team will be on hand to entertain the kids with a range of fun activities, including the First 5 Forever van, craft activities, baby space and a giant jenga game.

Pick up a bird spotting checklist from Birdlife Mackay for the chance to win a copy of the Field Guide to the Birds of Australia.

Hunt for Tibbles, complete a Scavenger Hunt and explore Prehistoric Plants to go into the draw for some other great nature-themed prizes.

Plant enthusiasts are also in for a treat with orchid, daisy and plant sales, guided walks, botanic art demonstrations and a range of botanic-themed community displays.

Find out about the vulnerable plants from our region and the Bungee Jumping Caterpillars with the Garden Friends.

Pick up a list of the native plants that will be available at the upcoming Native Plants Queensland (Mackay Branch) sale on Saturday June 1.

The Botanic Gardens Café will be open during this event, to make a booking call 0401 677 164.

Visitor Information will also be open for assistance and purchasing a range of botanical books, earrings, cards, artworks and more.

Did you know?

Botanic Gardens Day is an annual celebration first initiated by Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand (BGANZ) nine years ago. It is an annual day of celebration to highlight the role of plants in our lives and the important work botanic gardens and arboreta undertake every day to conserve them for future generations.

This year’s theme is ‘More than a garden – protecting our plants and landscapes.’ The theme reflects the fact that botanic gardens and arboreta are not only nice places to visit,

but they also conduct ecological research, safeguard plant diversity through living collections and seed banks and educate and empower communities in environmental sustainability.

Contact: Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Phone: (07) 4952 7300

Email: botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au