Debra, a stay-at-home mum of three, loves experiencing and sharing all that Brisbane has to offer; especially southside secrets.
Published October 16th 2011
With a picnic packed and sunscreen slathered on, we headed to Brisbane's other Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha (Toowong), for the seventh annual Grass Roots Music Festival. This free all-acoustic music festival, sponsored by Brisbane City Council, was set on the Bandstand lawn and featured blues, folk, and country artists. For more information go to grass roots musical festival.
While our youngest daughter napped in the shade and my husband was grooving to the music, I took the opportunity to take our two eldest daughters for a stroll around the gardens.
We started at the Tropical Dome, a large glass domed greenhouse displaying rare, delicate, and exotic plants from the tropics. Inside it was warm and moist; a quick walk through was more than enough for me on this already hot day.
Next we wandered past the Fern House and the Bonsai House into the Japanese Garden. This garden, with the theme 'mountain-pond-stream', was cool and tranquil and much more pleasing than the Tropical Dome.
Just outside the Japanese Gardens is the entrance to the Hide 'n' Seek children's trail set in the shade of the Exotic Rainforest. Along the path, children can find seventeen different things such as trees, plants, and other living things like frogs, water dragons, and bandicoots. Pamphlets with a map and information on what to look for can be picked up at the Information Centre or at the beginning of the trail. Children have to look high and low to find what they are looking for. Many of these things are actually delightful, quirky sculptures and works of art.
With more than 20,000 plants from around the world set on 52 hectares, we simply didn't have enough time to see everything. A few of the gardens we missed were the Bamboo Grove, the Cactus House, and the Fragrant Plant and Herb Garden.
There are several other facilities at Mt. Coot-tha Botanic Gardens including Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, a Brisbane City Council Library, and a cafe. Picnic shelters, benches, bubblers and toilets are scattered throughout the gardens but sadly there are no barbeques.