Lismore Adult Mental Health Unit occupational therapist Angie D'Elboux and Friends of Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens president Marie Matthews work together on the new Hoop Pine Forest walk.
Lismore Adult Mental Health Unit occupational therapist Angie D'Elboux and Friends of Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens president Marie Matthews work together on the new Hoop Pine Forest walk. Marc Stapelberg

Public invited to build a labyrinth at gardens open day

AN OPEN Day will be held at Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens on Sunday May 29 to celebrate botanic gardens throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Global warming, increasing world population and the ongoing clearing of farmland for residential and industrial use forces us to accept the importance of keeping live specimens of plants, particularly rare and threatened species, as well as storing seeds and germplasm in special facilities.

This practice reduces the threat of loss of useful plants and helps preserve the diversity of plant species generally.

Botanic Gardens throughout the world help to fill this niche, supporting plant conservation.

At Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens, on the southern outskirts of town along Wyrallah Road, we specialise is conserving native plants, mostly rainforest, which grow within a 200 km radius of Lismore. Currently over 800 species! Other Gardens feature a wider range of plants from various parts of the world.

A special feature of the upcoming celebration at Lismore's botanic gardens will be the official opening of the new Hoop Pine walking path by Mayor Jenny Dowell at 11am.

Visitors can participate in building the new labyrinth at the top of the walking path, by carrying a small rock to the top and placing it in position along the circular pathway, then adding their names to the Labyrinth Builders Book.

Other activities will be guided and self-guided walks through the gardens, children's activities including a Teddy Bears' picnic in the forest at 10.15am and fun with the electronic microscope.

Rainforest plants from our nursery will be for sale. A coffee van and cake stall will be on-site all morning.



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