There is plenty of opportunity to enjoy Parks Alive this year, with the event growing to cover two weekends and four locations. Enjoy themed workshops and craft activities at the City Botanic Gardens or Mt Coot-tha Botanic Garden and then spend the next weekend at Roma St Parkland or South Bank Parklands listening to expert speakers and live music. It’s up to you how you arrange your Parks Alive event calendar, or you can just enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Brisbane’s premier parklands and gardens.
Roma Street Parkland – 22 & 23 August
Gardening personalities will be hosting a number of talks and workshops over the weekend including Gardening Australia’s Jerry Coleby Williams sharing his knowledge on ‘Eating your Volunteers’ and planting miniature container. Claire Bickle will be talking about ‘Bugs in your Life’ and delivering a workshop on ‘The Therapeutic Garden’. Noel Burdette will be providing visitors with the perfect recipe for compost, while the Greenthumb Goddess, Linda Brennan will be sharing her tips on how to collect and propagate heritage plants and which flowers in the garden are great to eat.
There will be a full program of music from young Brisbane Bands at The Amphitheatre including the People’s Choice winners of the Qube Effect, The Golden Age of Ballooning, as well as jazz ensembles on Celebration Lawn, the precinct for food and family games.
New at Roma Street Parkland this year will be a number of invited groups and associations including the Bromeliad Society, Native Plants Queensland, Sub-Tropical Fruit Club Association and the Queensland Bush Food Association, along with City Smart and Council’s Waste Reduction team. Also new for 2015, and taking place for the first time at the parkland will be an outdoor movie screening at The Amphitheatre. The family friendly feature will be held at 6pm on the Saturday evening – and best of all it will be free!