Having an emergency water supply has now provided FLRBG volunteers with great peace of mind. It has progressed the construction of an extension to the rare and threatened species plantings, improved water reticulation and storage which will benefit the plant collection. In addition it has made the work of volunteers, many of whom are retirees, much easier when watering on hot days, or trying to access hard to reach areas.
Keeping the gardens, especially young plants, watered in times of drought is a huge challenge in an era of significant climate variability. However, with the installation of the new rainwater tank, this is now achievable, and volunteers will also be able to use rainwater instead of chlorinated town water to top up the proposed new frog pond.
Proper maintenance of these beautiful gardens benefits communities right across the Northern Rivers. A place to relax and learn about plants, they play a significant role in community wellbeing while conserving Australian plants endangered in the wild.
Spring is a wonderful time in the gardens. The next Guided Walks and Friends Workday is Sunday 31st October from 9-11am. Bookings are also now open for one hour guided walks either in the Useful Plants Garden (unpaved, slight incline) or the Rainforest Walk (some paved, some unpaved, slight incline) followed by morning tea.
Become a Friend of the Gardens HERE. Enquiries contact Ros on 0412 317 744.