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Dear Friend of Noosa Botanic Gardens

Our Gardens are busier than ever

We can’t help but notice an increase in visitor numbers lately. Is it the feeling of Spring in the air? Is this one of the rare benefits of our COVID world? How lovely that people are gravitating to simple delights, nature, and quiet enjoyment with family and friends. Is it that many people who would normally be overseas, are rediscovering what’s in their own backyard? Or new residents moving from interstate?

Kim & Peter Kearney who have moved from interstate recently
Whatever the reasons, the increase in visitors is more than welcome. It’s invigorating! And the feedback and comments from visitors certainly let the gardens staff, Friends and Noosa Council know all their efforts are appreciated.

Shade Garden Open Again

Definitely worth a visit on Saturday 31st October. Friends of the Gardens will be opening the Shade Garden from 9.00am to 12, and again on Saturday November 28th. Our Shade Garden guides can point out the Byfield Fern (actually a cycad), the magnificent King Fern, and lots more.

Birdlife in the Gardens

A group of amateur ornithologists visiting the gardens spied Wompoo Fruit Doves nesting high in the rainforest trees behind the Friends’ nursery.
One of the more spectacular species of fruit-dove in Australia, the Wompoo Fruit-Dove has largely-green upper parts, while its breast is plum-purple, and the belly and underwings are canary yellow. Despite this bright coloration, Wompoo Fruit-Doves are often overlooked as they forage on fruit among the leaves high in the canopy of tropical and subtropical rainforests which is the case in our gardens Often the first sign that they are there is the sound of fruit falling onto the forest floor below. Another tell-tale sign is their call, a distinctive ‘wompoo’, which gives the bird its name.

Our Feature Plant this Month is The Kapok or Silk Floss Tree

Our Kapok Tree is the oldest cultivated tree in the gardens. It was planted by the Powell family as a seedling in 1935. These trees can live for around 450 years. It is native to the Tropics and Sub Tropics of South America. The Mayans thought that a giant Kapok Tree stood at the centre of the Earth connecting their world to the spirit world. Even today Kapok Trees are left standing when everything around them is felled.

In the past Kapok has been used to stuff life jackets, car seats, pillows, mattresses…Kapok is thought to be resistant to mites, mould and mildew and doesn’t absorb water.  Grab a Visitor’s Map and Information Brochure at the Gardens, and head to Section 9

Happenings in the Gardens

Deck Chairs on the Green Public Art Installation & Auction in the Amphitheatre 3rd October

Combine some local Blue Gum from Cooran, lovingly crafted into Deck Chair frames by the Cooroora Woodworkers of Cooroy. Add Australian made canvas sewn into slings by the lovely ladies at the Sewing Project in Rene St… then decorated by 30 very generous and talented local artists who participated in this year’s popular Noosa Open Studios art trails event and you have a very innovative and successful fundraiser.
It is exciting to see so much local talent, creativity and generosity. The gorgeous deck chairs nearly outshone our blossoming Bougainvillea!
With easing of Covid-restrictions, the Friends are once again offering workshops and excursions.   This month, the Friends joined with Permaculture Noosa in hosting a budding and grafting workshop on Saturday 10th October held at the Tinbeerwah Hall.  We also visited Steve Flood's specialist nursery on 17th October which was not only a great social day but also provided us with a wealth of information.
By Appointment Only Plant Sale

Our September plant sale was a great success.  Our October 31st sale has just two spots available at 10.30am.  If you are quick and go online you may be able to book for this.  If not, get a spot for the 28th November Sale. This one will be a cracker! Lots of Christmas great gift ideas, that’s if you can bear to part with any of the bounty you’ll find. Beautiful subtropical indoor and outdoor plants, succulents, rare and collectables.
Click here to book

What’s happening next year…

The Friends are planning many more interesting and informative workshops, visits and activities.  We’d really appreciate your feedback so that we can tailor the 2021 calendar to be stimulating and informative and so we can update our Strategic Plan. We would appreciate if you would take a few minutes to answer 10 short questions by clicking on the button below.
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