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Mackay and Whitsunday Life

The Botanic Gardens Turn 20!

For the month of May, the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens are celebrating their birthday.

On May 24, 2003, the Mackay botanic gardens officially opened, marking a goal accomplished of the Mackay Association.

Since then, the Botanic Gardens have gone through stages of redevelopment and redesign including constructing new gardens, permanent wetland, to highlight the various water plants, and a kids play garden in 2006, and restoring and rehabilitating frost-damaged and drowned plants in 2007 and 2008.

In order to celebrate the gardens 20th birthday, the Botanic Gardens will be holding a series of events for the community.

Every Friday through May, and June 2, visitors can take part in a free guided walk, learning about the gardens and features different plants and aspects of the grounds.

On May 6, the gardens are hosting a daisy planting day, creating a daisy meadow on the lagoon banks.

There will be composting workshops of Saturday May 20, to educate participates on worms, composting and gardening, adding nutrients to home gardens. There is also the chance to win a worm farm.

For children, on Saturday, May 27, join an insect hotel workshop, to learn about native bees and other insects that help gardens, and build an insect hotel to attract insects into gardens.

For plant lovers, there will be a plant sale, on Saturday June 3, of native plants, grown by Native Plants Queensland – Society for Growing Australian Plants Mackay branch.

No matter how much or how little of a plant and garden enthusiast, there is something for everyone. Visit for more information, or how to register to events.

Join the Mackay Botanic Gardens as they celebrate 20 years

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