Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Spring has arrived! 

Spring has arrived, which means there has been lots of activity happening in the gardens. Many plants are flowering and fruiting, birds, bees and butterflies are active and there is new signage in the gardens!

Mackay Regional Council Libraries celebrated Book Week with a Picnic in the Gardens on August 19. It was great to see so many hungry caterpillars and beautiful butterflies! Families enjoyed face painting, story time, bubble blowing, caterpillar craft, insect displays, games and there was even a roaming dinosaur and giant strawberry! Check out some fun photos of the event.

Weed removal on the lagoons
Over recent months, the Botanic Gardens have been undertaking works to remove water weeds from the Eulamere (northern) section of the lagoons within the gardens. This month, council’s Pest Management team joined forces with Botanic Gardens to remove water weed from the Kaliguil (southern) section of the lagoons. It is exciting to see clearer, open water again. Water weed removal is part of the overall management of the lagoons and the health of the ecosystem.

Orchid Extravaganza

The Orchid Extravaganza is back again this year!

It will be held on Sunday, September 12, from 8am to 4pm, at the Orchid House within Queens’ Park. Entry is free. 

There will be local orchid workshops, demonstrations and plants for sale and orchid experts on hand who can give you advice on helping your orchids thrive in our climate.

What's flowering in the gardens? 

Spring is here and there are many plants starting to flower… here are just a few that we love!
> Phaius australis, Swamp Orchid is now flowering in the Tropical Shade Garden.
The Swamp Orchid is a stunning terrestrial orchid, with stems that can reach two metres high. Its flowers are the largest of any Australian orchid and occur in clusters of four to twelve. Flowering occurs in spring.
> Graptophyllum ilicifolium, Mount Blackwood Holly is just starting to flower. Indeed a favourite for many (it's the logo for the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, Friends of the Gardens and NPQ-SGAP Mackay branch), it is a large, local native shrub with dark green holly-like leaves and deep pink tubular flowers along the stems. Flowering occurs in spring and early summer.
> Plumbago zeylanica, Native Plumbago is flowering in the Orientation Garden, just near the Botanic Gardens Visitor Information Centre. It usually fruits and flowers as a herb, but can grow into a small shrub about one metre high. It has pretty flowers and is the larval food plant for the Plumbago Blue Butterfly and attracts a wide range of adult butterflies.

Term 3 school holiday program is nearly ready!

School holidays are on the way (Saturday, September 18, to Sunday, October 3) and we would love to see you enjoy a range of activities in the gardens. 

Kids will love the Garden Explorers activity booklet, our latest Tibbles Shade Garden Hunt and the self-guided activities.

Keep up to date via our Facebook page and website.

What's on display in the Lagoons Gallery? 

Alchemy’ By Felicity Chapman
Don't miss the incredible artwork by Felicity Chapman, on display in the Lagoons Gallery within the Botanic Gardens Café.

The exhibition is on display and available to be viewed by the public from Tuesday, August 31, to Sunday, September 26. Please note the café is closed Mondays.

For more information, please phone the Botanic Gardens on phone 4952 7300.


Birdlife Mackay monthly bird surveys

Birdlife Mackay holds monthly bird walks in the Botanic Gardens. A bird survey is undertaken along the way, which assists in monitoring the status and trends of local bird populations across the Mackay region. If you are a keen bird lover/ bird watcher, we would love you to join in! 

The next bird surveys in the Botanic Gardens will be held on Friday September 24, October 29 and November 26. Meet the group at the viewing deck (next to the café) at 6am. 

For more information, please contact Ian Cruickshank via

Native Plants Queensland - SGAP Mackay branch

Are you interested in local native plants? Native Plants Queensland – Society for Growing Australian Plants Mackay is a regional branch of Native Plants Queensland.

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

We also have a range of native plants for sale at Botanic Gardens Visitor Information Centre that have been propagated and grown by the NPQ - SGAP propagation group. 

For more information please email

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Friends Association

Garden Friends are made up of nature lovers, gardeners, artists, photographers and interested others who get together for social activities, guided walks, working bees and many more activities that support the Botanic Gardens and its ongoing development.

Contribute to your community and investigate your interest! To find out more, please contact the Botanic Gardens on 4952 7300 or email
For information on the Mackay Regional Botanic Garden's programs and events visit the
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens website
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