Bookings are essential for either of our two walks because of Covid restrictions. Email Tracey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   to book, choosing either


1. Walk of Useful Plants Garden with Ken   9.30 am to 10.30 am   Unpaved, gravel paths

2. Walk of whole Gardens explaining the establishment of the Gardens with Phil   9.30 am to 10.30 am   Paved and unpaved sections.

Wear sturdy shoes and hat. 

Please Note:  Because of health restrictions, GATE will only open between 9 am and 9.30 am for the walks. Meet your guide at the Visitor's Centre.

Please join us for morning tea after the walks in the Visitor's Centre. Gold coin donation. Or bring your own to enjoy in the picnic area.

If you'd like to help in the gardens before the walks, contact us on 0450596705





Friends of Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens

PO Box 1327








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Friends of Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens Inc (FLRBG)

 The Gardens have now reopened!

On Sunday 26th July we will have our next Guided Walk. More information coming.

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL because of limited numbers. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Gate only opens between 9 am and 9.30 am for 9.30 walks. Wear sturdy shoes, hat and stay to share morning tea with the Friends. Gold coin donation.

WORK Morning for volunteers - Gate only opens between 8 am till 8.30 am.  Help keep the gardens beautiful until 11 am. Bring water, wear long sleeves and pants, gloves and hat.  Share your morning tea at the Visitor's Centre.  0450596705 

Regular Wednesdays Friends and volunteer work days have begun with hand sanitising, social distancing and limited numbers in each area. Morning tea in the outdoor education space enables us to enjoy company at a safe distance.

NBN NEWS REPORT  28/6/20            Gardens Volunteers back in the Gardens

Please do not come to the gardens if you have any flu symptoms or are feeling unwell.

If you would like to join the Friends and spend some time in the Gardens with us, please contact Ros on 0412317744.

Australian and New Zealand Botanic Gardens Open Day has been postponed.

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. The paths, unsealed but well graded, take you up to a stony 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. 

VOLUNTEER WORK DAYS AT THE GARDENS are held on the last Sunday of each month and every Wednesday morning from 8 am to 11 am.

OUR NEXT SUNDAY WORKDAY will be Sunday 26th July from 8 am.

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TUESDAY PROPAGATION GROUP  has restarted with social distancing    Contact Us 

NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING - will be in Sat 18th July. 9.15am at the Environmental Education Centre

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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