Bettina Palmer is the "grower and fertiliser" of this lovely idea which is hosted by the Friends of Brisbane's Botanic Gardens and Sherwood Arboretum. It is an event which not only holds fascinating appeal for its inventiveness and originality but is also the main fundraiser for the FBBGSA. Money raised on this morning will go to refurbishing the Children's Trail within the Botanic Gardens. They hope to improve the Children'sTrail as an educational resource for young ones.
Bettina has spent her life in Brisbane working within her own garden but also in the Botanical Gardens as a Volunteer Guide. She is passionate about natural history and art and has worked over the years in putting together some very botanical inspired events. Now firmly established into the form that it has taken on in recent years - the fabulous Horti Couture, which has been embraced by the Friends of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Sherwood Arboretum to become their premier fundraising event, returns afresh this year to delight us.
What botanical surprise is "germinating" this year?
On the morning of Friday, September 14th at 10 am in the Japanese Gardens a spectacular and delicious morning tea will be offered while you are entertained with a fashion parade as interpreted by florists and multi-media artists and modelled by students of Australian Dance Performance Institute wearing all forms of plant life, some wild, some demure, all very much grown and nurtured with love and panache to those lucky enough to be there.
"The Friends of Brisbane Botanic Gardens & Sherwood Arboretum represents the interests of the communities of Brisbane and its surrounds to promote the overall welfare of the City Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mount Coot-tha and Sherwood Arboretum that is collectively called Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Sherwood Arboretum.
Our principal purpose is the protection and enhancement of the natural environment of the garden's zones. In addition, we aim to promote public appreciation of Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Sherwood Arboretum as well as scientific, horticultural, artistic, literary and educational interests at local, State, Federal and international levels". Taken from their website.