Explore the Winter Wonderland of the Garden on a self-guided adventure trail. Follow the map to find the winter wonderland stops and find out about some amazing plants and animals! For children aged 5 - 12years.
Offshoots: A Florilegium from Cairns Botanical Gardens by Julie McEnerny
28 Jun 2014 to 31 Aug 2014
This is a vibrant exhibition of contemporary botanical illustrations by Cairns artist Julie McEnerny, who uses a variety of techniques to document the extraordinary plant collection of the Cairns Botanic Gardens.
Join horticulturist Penelope White to learn the secrets to bulb growing success. Learn general cultivation and care tips for growing both spring and summer flowering bulbs with a hands on propagation workshop.
Offshoots Mixed Media Workshop with Julie McEnerny
Saturday, 30th August 2014
Join exhibition artist Julie McEnerny for an introduction to a range of media and materials with which to express their connection to the natural world. Produce a medium sized work on paper using collage and stencilling techniques together with pens, acrylic paint and water soluble mediums. Suitable for all levels of ability, beginners welcome.
Explore the Garden to find the six mystery stops. It's a wild world out there - and who is munching who? Enjoy fun hands-on activities and discover some amazing relationships between plants and animals.
To celebrate our state floral emblem and inspire a love of waratahs in the wild, this year's program includes the state-wide waratah bloom competition and display, National Parks and Wildlife guided walk, local waratah farm open day, waratah themed Garden walks, information panels, art and plant sales.
This easy-medium grade walk takes you into Pierce's Pass in the Blue Mountains National Park to see Waratahs growing in the wild. Join a National Parks and Wildlife Discovery Ranger to find out about this "wild" national park and see how the waratahs are responding to the 2013 fires.
Visit this local plantation which has about 1000 Waratah plants including the rare white Waratah. Access to the plantation is by a fairly steep rough track. Unsuitable for people with mobility issues. Cut blooms for sale.
Blue Mountains Festival of Walking - Tomah Spur Wilderness Walk
Wednesday, 8th October 2014
Join the Wilderness Walk to Tomah Spur led by a specialist guide with detailed knowledge of Blue Mountains plants and wildlife. Tomah Spur is on conservation land owned by the garden and contains four different environments - rainforest, eucalypt woodland, spectacular heath and wind-sculpted sandstone. You'll travel through a carpet of ferns, moss-laden rocks and lush green rainforest with towering trees before emerging onto a rock outcrop with spectacular views of the Blue Mountains.
The Buzz on Native Bees - Australian native bees of the Sydney, Blue Mountains and Illawarra Regions
Saturday, 18th October 2014
Join Megan Halcroft PhD to learn about bees and how they drive biodiversity and support food security. Learn how to encourage many bee species into the garden by conserving or providing nesting habitat. You will also have a chance to win the lucky door prize of a hardwood native bee nest!
Butterflies, Bees and Jewel Beetles - a nature drawing workshop with Fiona Lumsden
Sunday, 9th November 2014
Join wildlife artist Fiona Lumsden to explore the essential link between insects and flowers as bees, butterflies and other insects add life to botanical compositions. See the tiny marvels of engineering and bizarre beauty that are our insect cousins and team them with their flower partners.