We had a great group on SUNDAY 29th December for Ken's Guided Walk through the beautifullly cool and peaceful Hoop Pine Forest.




Friends of Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens

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Friends of Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens Inc (FLRBG)

 All Friends and volunteer work days and Guided Walks have been cancelled until further notice.

Enjoy some time in your garden!

SAVE THE DATE -  Australian and New Zealand Botanic Gardens Open Day  SUNDAY 31st MAY  from 9.30 am to 1 pm


FLRBG is a non-profit group of volunteers working in conjunction with the Lismore City Council to establish, develop and maintain the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens. The Friends were officially formed in December 1998 but the dream of establishing a Botanic Garden in the Lismore area had been around since 1988. The Gardens opened officially in June 2013.


These Gardens are a wonderful place to visit with big colourful information signs, individual tree labels, paths, seats, picnic areas and of course a superb collection of local rainforest and other local native plants. It is great place to take visitors, and for kids to explore - the COOL CUBBY near first car park and SOLAR CLOCK in Sensory Garden are great favourites.  A very new feature is the little walkway and lookout in PALM GULLY at the western end of the Gardens - just beyond the Nursery.  The HOOP PINE FOREST at the eastern end is a lovely cool shady place to walk - paths unsealed but well graded -  take you up to stoney LABYRINTH at the top and the newly installed BIG OLD CHURCH BELL a little further along the ridge. Have a look and feel free to ring to bell to mark your visit to the top of the forest.


Late summer and early autumn is a magnificent time in the Gardens - a mass of flowers and fruits!!  Many of the flowers are tiny and may seem insignificant but a closer look reveals that they are really beautiful!  Others, however, are positively flamboyant  and many have quite unfamiliar and interesting growth patterns. 

WORK DAYS AT THE GARDENS are usually held on the last Sunday of each month and every Wednesday morning if the Waste Facility is open to the public. Please check the Lismore City Council website.  Wear protective clothing, bring insect repellent and sunscreen.

At the moment we work for about two hours. We have not been sitting together for morning tea lately. However we can work in different parts of the gardens, keeping our big distances. We need to weed, water and care for our gardens as much as possible.

OUR NEXT SUNDAY WORKDAY  29th March has been cancelled. 

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TUESDAY PROPAGATION GROUP   has been postponed for new members till further notice   Contact Us 

NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING - will be in April if the health situation improves

February  Newsletter is  currently available. There are 2 files - the main newsletter and an insert ; Article about Myrtle Rust  Articles are now being accepted for August 2020 edition .     Contact Marie  membershipThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Below is a preliminary plan of our beautiful SENSORY GARDEN. During completion a few changes were made to the plan. This garden enables all sections of the community to observe the signals sent out by plants - perfume, colour, shape,surface coverings, movement. Animals, including humans,  respond to such signals. This purpose built facility will benefit all the community but especially the young and those with a disability. A drop off point makes the sensory garden easily accessible by car and mini bus.  A shelter makes a wonderful place for a shady picnic.

As a result of a generous donation from a local member of the community and support from council we were able to install our main paths. We now have an observation deck looking over the pond, a human solar clock and a commemorative native rice garden. More features are planned for the future.


Plant Biodiversity

On a recent episode of the ABC radio programme ‘First Bite’ the topic discussed was the importance of increasing the biodiversity of food plants throughout the world.  At present less than a dozen flowering plants account for 80 per cent of our diet – a very narrow selection from the possible available food plants. 

A group of international scientists who attended the Crop Wild Relative Genomics meeting in Asilomar, California in December 2012 published in a recent  ‘Nature’ magazine. They feel that climate change, water and land shortages, soil degradation and an ever increasing population are all very real  threats to Planet Earth’s ability to feed its people.  In order to cope with the changing times, the future of a sufficient supply of food will have to involve a much more diverse group of food crops than are currently being used. The scientists argue that the key to obtaining that diversity is to open old seed vaults and refresh the gene pool with ancient and landrace species of edible plants.

‘Seed banks, which store a wide variety of plants, are a massively untapped resource for feeding an ever-expanding human population’, says Cornell University plant geneticist Susan McCouch.  She and the other scientists called for a massive global effort to sequence the genomes of the potential food plants currently held in 1,700 seed banks across the world.  ‘Gene banks hold hundreds of thousands of seeds and tissue culture materials collected from farmers’ fields and from wild, ancestral populations, providing the raw material that plant breeders need to create crops of the future,’ McCouch stated.




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