February 2, 2021

Gardens green up over summer

January is over and February has begun! It's so nice to see the region looking green again with all this much needed rain. What is your garden looking like?

Do you need to add some plants to your garden? We have native plants for sale again at the Botanic Gardens Visitor Information Centre.

There is a variety of herb, shrub and tree species ranging in prices between $3 and $5 each. All plants for sale are native and have been propagated and grown by Native Plants Queensland – Society for Growing Australian Plants (SGAP) Mackay branch. Come in and see what we have or call us on 4952 7300.

Some of our regular events are back on at the Botanic Gardens, read below to find out more.

‘Viewfinder’ exhibition by Jamie Wilcox

Viewfinder is an exhibition of oil paintings by Jamie Wilcox, a Brisbane-based artist who relocated to the Mackay region in 2020.

Viewfinder is the first solo exhibition of the artist and also serves as a retrospective of her artwork to date. The exhibition brings together a selection of her favourite oil paintings produced over the last ten years, with a series of new works consisting of fauna and flora inspired by time spent in the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens.

This exhibition is on display in the Lagoons Gallery within the Botanic Gardens Café from Wednesday, January 27, to Sunday, February 21, 2021, and artworks are for sale. 

More info

What’s fruiting in the Botanic Gardens?

We love the red fruits of some of our local native plants!

Vitex melicopea - The fruits of local native Vitex melicopea, commonly known as Red-fruited Vitex can be found along the bottom pathway at Monsoon Waterway in the Botanic Gardens. Red-fruited Vitex is endemic to Queensland, and can be found between South East Queensland and Torres Strait in gallery forests and drier rainforests.
Phaleria clerodendrum - Another one of our local natives, Phaleria clerodendrum, commonly known as the Scented Daphne is fruiting in the Tropical Shade Garden. These brightly coloured fleshy, egg-shaped fruits grow on the trunk of the tree, which enable small animals that cannot fly to feed on the fruit and disperse the seeds. They can be found in North East Queensland in well developed lowland and upland rainforests.

World Wetlands Day

World Wetlands Day is celebrated internationally each year on February 2.

It marks the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) in Ramsar Iran on February 2, 1971.

World Wetlands Day has been used to:
  • Raise public awareness of wetland values and benefits
  • Promote the conservation and wise use of wetlands.
More info

Native Plants Queensland – SGAP Mackay branch

Are you interested in local native plants?

Native Plants Queensland – (SGAP) Mackay is a regional branch of Native Plants Queensland.

They hold monthly meetings, propagation days, planting bees, plant sales and more. Visitors are welcome to attend meetings.

For more information on meeting dates and locations, email

Birdlife Mackay surveys

Birdlife Mackay hold monthly bird counts in the Botanic Gardens to assist in monitoring the status and trends of local bird populations across the Mackay region. Bird lovers/watchers are welcome to join! 

The next bird survey will be held on Friday, February 26, at 6am. Meet the group at the Viewing Deck (next to the café). 

For more information, contact Birdlife Mackay

Garden Friends Association

Garden Friends are made up of nature lovers, gardeners, artists and photographers who get together for social activities, guided walks, working bees and many other activities.

Become a Garden Friend and learn more about plants and gardening and provide support to Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens and its ongoing development.

To find out more, please contact Maya Harrison on email

Self-guided school education resources

The Botanic Gardens have self-guided education sessions on offer in the Botanic Gardens for primary school years (Prep to Grade 6).

All resources are free and linked to school curriculum (HASS) and science subjects.

For more information, contact Visitors Services Officer Kim on 4952 7321 or email
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