Rockhampton Botanic Gardens
A brief history of the gardens and discussion of palms growing there today at the Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia website
Thozets at Muellerville
Website about 19th Century botanist Anthelme Thozet, including the gardens at his Rockhampton property
Roseberry Street Fig Tree
Heritage-listed tree in the grounds of the Government Offices, Roseberry Street, Gladstone. Queensland Heritage Register, Environmental Protection Agency
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This page has been set up for information about plants and gardening specific to the region of central Queensland around Gladstone and Rockhampton, including Yeppoon, Mount Morgan, Biloela, Emerald.
Other towns and districts in the part of central Queensland to be covered by this page include: Bororen, Seventeen Seventy, Agnes Waters, Tannum Sands, Boyne Island, Mount Larcom, Thangool, Moura, Springsure, Anakie, Comet, Blackwater, Bluff, Dingo, Duaringa, Westwood, Stanwell, Gracemere, Keppel Sands, Emu Park.
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Some older news which may still be of interest to residents of the Rockhampton and Gladstone region is retained below.
Fitzroy River recreated in Kershaw Gardens
Designs for Kershaw Gardens' new central precinct approved by Rockhampton Regional Council provide a new family area while sealing landfill exposed by Cyclone Marcia. The many new features include a shallow water play area design based on the Fitzroy River and its various features. Source: Council reveals designs for new Kershaw Gardens central precinct (May 2016)
New Palms for War Memorial
The 12 Canary Island Date Palms at the Rockhampton War Memorial killed and damaged by Cyclone Marcia are to be replaced. Semi-advanced plants will be used to recreate the formal arrangement encircling the Cenotaph. The memorial is heritage-listed. Source: Work begins on Cenotaph Date Palms (May 2016)
New species discovered near Agnes Water
The Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens' curator Brent Braddick has discovered a new species in the Agnes Water area. The Mischocarpus species (family Sapindaceae) is a shrub up to four metres with "enormous" leaves. Source: Gardens' curator discovers new plant species (November, 2015)
Kershaw comes back after Marcia
Rockhampton's Kershaw Gardens are in the process of recovering after Cyclone Marcia. In May, the waterfall was turned back on for the first time, and fallen trees have been converted into some 3000 cubic metres of mulch so far. However, it is possible that rubbish may have contaminated the site. Soil testing underway will help managers determine which parts of the Gardens can be reopened to the public and which must be remediated. Sources: Kershaw Gardens waterfall marks recovery milestone, Council continues to clear, salvage and make safe (June, 2015)
Myrtle Rust in Rockhampton
Media releases at the Rockhampton Regional Council:
Myrtle Rust found on Mt Archer (August 2012)
Myrtle Rust continues to spread (November 2012)
Goodbye to Emerald Aquatic Centre fig
Central Highlands Regional Council have decided that, given roots are already affecting existing structures, a fig tree in the Emerald Aquatic Centre will be removed to prior to expansion of the facilities. They say that apprpriate shade alternatives will be provided with the revelopment. Source: Fig tree makes way for progress (November 2010)
Gladstone Japanese Gardens
The official opening of the Japanese Gardens at the Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens is scheduled for 11th July, 2010. Started 14 years ago, the project includes a Japanese tea House, pond, rockery and plantings. More information from Gladstone Regional Council here: Local to entertain at Japanese Garden official opening (PDF) (July 2010)
Garden competition results
2008 Rockhampton Regional Garden Competition results can be downloaded from this page: Garden competition winners!
One of Rocky's favourite trees collapses
An Enterolobium cyclocarpum that had been a feature of the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens for over 30 years has collapsed during heavy wind and rain. In spite of the unromantic common name of "Ear Tree" (due to the shape of the seedpods), the old tree was a popular site for weddings. Staff intend to plant another one soon. Meanwhile, anyone who has a booked a function at the Ear Tree should contact the Gardens. More information from the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens here: Botanic Gardens Icon Collapses January 2008