BGANZ is proud to welcome two new member gardens.
Lae National Botanic Gardens is the first garden from Papua New Guinea to join BGANZ. This 56 hectare garden is active in forest research, conservation and education. The Friends of the Lae Botanic Garden and the PNG Forest Research Institute have partnered with the Business Community to develop the Lae National Botanic Garden Advancement Program. Highlights include a spectacular native orchid collection, tropical herbarium and WW2 DC-3 relic within the garden.
Shoalhaven Heads Native Botanic Garden is situated on the NSW coast and features native plants from across Australia including many bush tucker plants. Volunteers maintain the garden with support from SHNBG incorporated. From the humble beginnings of a seed collection trip to FNQ, the Curtis Park Arboretum concept germinated and soon outgrew the original concept to become a Botanic Garden. Highlights include rare and endangered plants including Brachychiton ormeau, Clausena smyrelliana (Greg’s Wampi), Hernandia bivalvis (Grease Nut) and Notelaea lloydii (Lloyd’s Olive).
We encourage all BGANZ members to visit these gardens in person, connect with them on social media and browse their websites for inspiration and information.