BANKS AND SOLANDER: CELEBRATING 250 YEARS OF BOTANICAL FRIENDS
Come to Brisbane for 2020 conference!
22 to 25 May 2020
Friends of Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Sherwood Arboretum Brisbane, Queensland
Banks and Solander: celebrating 250 years of botanical friends
The concept for the Brisbane conference in 2020 is a celebration of the botanical wonders of 1770s exploration and the influence of the botanical knowledge and the use of Australian and South Pacific tropical and sub-tropical flora. Banks’s legacy of botanical research and what we could claim as the first botanic garden’s Friend.
On the first day, Friday 22 May, there will be an early afternoon tour of the City Botanic Gardens with landscape historian Dr Jeannie Sim. That night the conference will be officially opened in the city at the Botanical Art Society of Queensland exhibition on ‘Banks and Solander’. The conference will be based in all three of Brisbane’s botanic gardens.
The City Botanic Garden, on the banks of the Brisbane River, was established in 1855 and boasts 2,500 trees from tropical and sub-tropical regions around the world. There are key collections of historic and significant trees: fig trees, palms, conifers, and more.
Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha was established in 1970. Two thirds of its 54 ha site is devoted to Australian native species; the rest includes American and African collections and various themed areas. The Gardens contain the Planetarium, Queensland Herbarium, Library, Visitor Centre and Botanical Café. The conference will be based at Mt CootTha Saturday and Sunday.
Various speakers will be talking about impacts of Bank’s & Solander’s discoveries and botanic gardens of the tropical and sub-tropical regions.
Sherwood Arboretum was opened in 1925, its 15 ha containing 1,200 specimen trees. There are just 27 exotic species, three within the Arboretum, the rest planted by residents around the perimeter. It contains the most significant Kauri (Agathis robusta) avenue in Australia. On Sunday we move between the Arboretum and Mt Coot-tha, with speakers covering collaboration and building ‘Friends’ networks between Gardens in AustralAsia.
There is also planning for pre- and post-conference tours, to the north taking in Noosa, Maleny and Maroochy BG, and to the southern region of Gold Coast BG, Mt Tamborine BG and Currumbin Bird Sanctuary.
Visit the Friends of Brisbane Botanic Gardens & Sherwood Arboretum website for more information.
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