Today Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk casts his eye over the original Brisbane Botanic Gardens at the foot of Mt Coot-tha and their growth ahead of this weekend’s event. 

  •         The Brisbane Botanic Gardens, situated at the foot of Mt Coot-tha were originally known as the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens and were built after Brisbane’s growing population started to over use the Alice Street leased City Botanic Gardens during the late 1960s.
  •         In 1969 a Botanic Gardens committee was established to search for a new site for gardens for Brisbane residents to enjoy.
  •         Then in 1974, work commenced on the new Botanic Gardens and in March 1976, Lord Mayor Walsh officially opened the new gardens.

  •         The new gardens included a popular Tropical Display House that was home to plants including the Vanilla Vine and Chocolate Tree and a large amount of tropical plants that would die if the temperature dropped below 10 degrees.
  •         Another popular feature of the gardens is the Australian Plant Communities Garden and includes more than 1,400 species of rainforest trees and is the largest collection of Australian native rainforest trees in any botanic garden in the world.
  •         The gardens continued to grow in popularity during the 1980s and 1990s and still remain the second most popular tourist destination in Brisbane.
  •         The gardens recently underwent a major four hectare expansion, the largest since the gardens opening 39 years ago.
  •         The new expansion has included planting 31,000 new individual native plants, one of which is a 250 year old Cycad tree.
  •         A free community event to celebrate the opening of the 4ha expansion will be held on Sunday 17th May from 9.00am to 2.00pm.
  •         Visitors will be able to enjoy live music, cooking demonstrations and kids activities as well as exploring the new areas of the gardens.
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