What’s On in the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden

Garlambirla Plants Walk by Uncle Mark Flanders

Uncle Mark Flanders, Gumbaynggirr Elder and Ranger will lead a tour through the gardens useful Indigenous plants.

Location: North Coast Regional Botanic Garden Entrance

Date: Saturday May 22

Time: 9.30am-10.30am

Bookings desirable to: coffsbotanicgarden@gmail.com


Gumbaynggirr Cultural Artefacts Talk by Glen Brown.

Glen Brown will represent the Yarrawarra Cultural Centre (Red Rock) and discuss the artefacts on loan from the centre with reference to their significance to the Gumbaynggirr people. This will include a discussion of the plant calendar, fishing, planting, body adornment, baskets, water carriers and storage, trade and ceremony.

Location: North Coast Regional Botanic Garden Conference Room

Date: Saturday May 22

Time: 10.30-11.30am

Bookings desirable to: coffsbotanicgarden@gmail.com


School Education Program: Celebrating the Botanic Heritage of Coffs Harbour Monday May 24-Friday May 28 inclusive. Free program.

School education program on Botany tailored to align with the school curriculum. Learn about local flora for food, medicine, tools, clothing and shelter. Learn about the importance of plants for our future, the importance of a seed bank and how plants are classified and the work of Botanists.

Enquiries to; sue.mcentyre@chcc.nsw.gov.au

Which Plant Is That? Talks by Rob Watt, Secretary, Coffs Harbour Branch, Australian Plants Society and Friend of the Coffs Harbour Botanic Garden.

Since Banks and Solander travelled on the Endeavour to parts of Australia and the South Pacific collecting samples, drawing, classifying and storing, a rich history of learning about the plant family has occurred. Rob will lead four information sessions on the achievements of Joseph Banks and Daniel solander, plant identification, naming and classification and the Coffs Harbour Herbarium and Seed Bank.

Location: North Coast Regional Botanic Garden Conference Room, speaker Robert Watt

Dates: Saturday May 29

“The Botanists Walk” – 12.30pm, 1 hour (a quick look at the Botanists selected for the Walk)
“Botanic Endeavour – 2.00pm Banks and Solander journey on the Endeavour”
Sunday May 30

“Herbaria – how plants are documented” – 9-10am, 1 hour.  Optional Visit to the Garden Herbarium and Seed Bank
“Plant taxonomy – how plants are classified and named” – 11-12pm, 1 hour
Bookings desirable: coffsbotanicgarden@gmail.com


The Botanists Walk – Official Opening – Saturday 29 May, 10am at commencement of Walk

Following a welcome to country, representatives of Government, the Maritime Museum, Coffs Harbour City Council staff and volunteers, Friends of the Garden, and esteemed local botanists Alex Floyd and Barry Kemp, will attend a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open The Botanists Walk. The Walk provides new gardens and path which recognise the work of botanists pre and post colonisation.

Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand – Annual Open Day May 30 – Events

Spotlight Nocturnal Walk – Friday May 28 6,30pm, Garden Entrance

Garden Open Day – Sunday May 30 – 9-2pm.  Several plant stalls

Gardening information talks in Display Room at entrance to Garden:

Vegetable Gardening in Coffs Harbour TBC – 10 am, 1 hour
Specialist plants TBA – 12.30pm, 1 hour
The new Glasshouse – 2.00pm, half an hour
Gardening in a wet season TBC  – 2.30pm, 1 hour