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We meet on the second Wednesday evening of every month and these feature speakers in a diverse range of areas as well as the opportunity to socialise over supper with other Friends.
We encourage members to be active in the various events we organise, such as previews and openings, the Starry Night Cinema, musical events such Jazz Under the Stars, garden tea parties and the annual Christmas Party. Field trips are planned several times a year to allow Friends to visit special gardens or other site of botanical interest.
Monthly Walk & Talks with guest speakers are held every third Saturday at 9.30 am in the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre.
This is an amazing resource with an extensive collection of reference books focused on tropical flora, also incorporating natural history, aboriginal plant use, garden design, entomology and much more. Available for members use during Friends House Shop hours. (Mon-Fri 9.30 am - 3.30 pm)
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About Friends of Botanic Gardens Cairns
The Cairns Botanic Gardens
The Cairns Botanic Gardens are renowned for having one of the best tropical plant exhibitions in Australia.
The earliest record of the Cairns Botanic Gardens dates back to 1876 when the then Council designated approximately 71 acres for a recreational reserve. The location was gazetted as north-west of Cairns and approximately three miles (five kilometres) from the town centre.Today it has blossomed into several botanic spaces used for demonstrating the diverse plant life that can be found within a tropical climate and provides visitors with a taste of the wet tropics.
Flecker Garden epitomises the diversity of tropical flora that can be found across the world's tropical regions including plants from the steamy jungles of South East Asia, South America, Africa and of course Far North Queensland.
Situated on Collins Avenue, the Garden is home to a broad range of plants ranging from shade giving trees and palms, exquisite orchids, bromeliads and ferns through to the bizarre beauty of insect eating pitcher plants.
Once inside the Garden, visitors feel they have been transported to the Daintree, with the Garden's signature trees creating a green canopy guarding the plant collection that is interspersed with flowing paths and waterways winding their way through the leafy undergrowth.
Location and opening hours
Cairns Botanic Gardens can be found on Collins Ave, Edge Hill and can be accessed by public transport from the city (Sunbus) or by car (ample street parking available), by bicycle or on foot.Entry is free and the Gardens are open from 7.30am to 5.30pm every day of the year.
The Visitor Centre is open from 8:30am to 4.00pm week days and 8:30am to 1:00pm weekends. It is closed from midday Christmas Eve, all day Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and until midday Anzac Day.
Botanic Gardens Shop
The Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre gift shop carries an exclusive range of locally created pieces ranging from children's stories to glass frog jewelry, teas and soaps.
It features a wide range of quality, locally created items, perfect as a gift or a memento of your visit.
Many of the items have been made exclusively for the gift shop, making it a must visit locale when searching for a present or collectible that stands out from the crowd.
You can read more about the items on sale and their creators at our Facebook page
Opening hours:The shop is open on weekdays from 8.30am until 4:00pm. and on weekends from 8:30 until 1:00pm.
Please note the Visitor Centre will be closed from midday Christmas Eve, all day Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Monday and Anzac Day.
News By Friends of Botanic Gardens Cairns
BRETT WHITELEY SPECIAL EXHIBITION EVENT
By Friends of Botanic Gardens Cairns
21 Apr 2017To celebrate artist Brett Whiteley's upcoming exhibition, 'Other Places (Somewhere Else)', the Cairns Art Gallery is presenting three special events that will give a rare insight into the stories behind the works created during Brett & Wendy's many travels.
We are proud to host one a special 'In Conversation' event here at the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre on Wednesday 26 April from 5:30 - 6:30pm.
Essentially a talk between Wendy and Janet, guests will hear about Wendy's life with Brett and there will be an opportunity for book signings.
For more than twenty years, Wendy Whiteley worked to create a huge public garden at the foot of her harbourside home in Lavender Bay, Sydney.
The story behind the garden, and the events in Wendy’s life that led to its creation, are beautifully portrayed by award winning journalist Janet Hawley in the book, Wendy Whiteley and the Secret Garden.
WEDNESDAY, 26 APR 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
COST: $10.00 MEMBERS | $15.00 NON-MEMBERS
VENUE: BOTANICAL GARDENS VISITORS CENTRE
TO BOOK FOLLOW THIS LINK: http://bit.ly/2o5RMLH
Friends of Botanic Gardens Cairns Reviews
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Location and opening hours Cairns Botanic Gardens can be found on Collins Ave, Edge Hill and can be accessed by public transport from the city (Sunbus) or by car (ample street parking available), by bicycle or on foot. Entry is free and the Gardens are open from 7.30am to 5.30pm every day of the year. The Visitor Centre is open from 8:30am to 4.00pm week days and 8:30am to 1:00pm weekends. It is closed from midday Christmas Eve, all day Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and until midday Anzac Day.
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Hours: 7.30am to 5.30pm every day of the year and entry is free
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