Information about plants & gardens for Brisbane & Qld
Brisbane's Western Suburbs
This page is devoted to garden-related information of particular relevance to the western suburbs of Brisbane and adjoining areas. There's more general information about gardening in Qld via the menu at left, or try the Site Search.
Brisbane community composting expands
Brisbane's 20th community composting hub has recently opened in association with the Graceville Community Garden. Instead of sending kitchen scraps and green waste to landfill, participating residents can take it to a composting hub to be turned into something useful. Source: Sustainability growing through community composting (February, 2019)Scroll down the page to find older news items and community links. If you're involved in gardening in the Brisbane's western suburbs and have news to share, please get in touch.
Nurseries, landscape supply, other garden goods & services
The following advertisers may include online suppliers. For the most up-to-date information on plants in stock, opening hours, prices etc, be sure to visit the seller's website or contact the business directly. Includes businesses in the western suburbs or servicing the region.
Coucals of Mount Crosby This garden sometimes opens for charity
Vera Street Community Garden Toowong
Rocks Community Garden Sustainable Jamboree
The Cubberla-Witton Catchments Network Some good information about native plants and natural environment of the Indooroopilly, Kenmore, Chapel Hill area
Save Our Waterways Now (SOWN) Restoring habitats of waterways in the catchments of Enoggera, Ithaca and Fish Creeks. A variety of information about native species available at this site
Save Our Riverfront Bushland (SORB) Centenary Suburbs, Brisbane
Vera Street Community Garden Organic gardening and creek rehabilitation in Toowong
Friends of Pooh Corner, Wacol
Pullenvale Environment at BRISbites: Suburban Sites
Rural Environmental Planning Association Inc. based in Brookfield Pullenvale & Moggill areas
Oxley Creek Brisbane Stories
Friends of Oxley Common Oxley Creek Common, Rocklea
West Toowong Community Association Inc includes information about parks & historically significant properties
Download: Key to eucalypts of Greater Brisbane Download page for the PDF file. Environmental Protection Agency, Qld
Download: Key to the wattles of Greater Brisbane Dowload the PDF file from this page. Environmental Protection Agency, Qld
If you're involved in a gardening club, community garden, environmental group or some other non-profit organisation related to plants and gardening in Qld, please send in your link. Garden centers, mowing contractors, gardeners, landscapers and other garden-related businesses operating in Brisbane's western suburbs are invited to advertise.
Suburbs covered by this page include: Sherwood, Graceville, Toowong, Milton, Mt Coot-tha, Auchenflower, Indooroopilly, St Lucia, Taringa, Fig tree Pocket, Kenmore, Jindalee, Chapel Hill, Kenmore Hills, Brookfield, Pullenvale, Upper Brookfield, Mt Crosby, Anstead, Bellbowrie, Pinjarra Hills, Riverhills, Westlake, Mt Ommaney, Jamboree Heights, Middle Park, Sinnamon Park, Sumner, Darra, Seventeen Mile Rocks, Oxley, Wacol.
Tourists to zip through Brisbane trees
A new zipline tourist attraction is being planned for Brisbane's Mt Coot-tha, including what will be the longest treetop canopy zipline in Australia. The Southern Hemisphere's longest pedestrian suspended bridge walk will also be constructed through the treetops above JC Slaughter Falls. Source: Zipline proposal ready to fly through Coot-tha tree-tops (November, 2017)
Witton Barracks continue to serve
The derelict Witton Barracks site is on the way to becoming a new "destination park" for the western suburbs. While developing play areas and cycle facilities and open space for use of the community, the historical significance of the 1.9 ha Defence facility to Brisbane's role in World War II will be preserved. Source: Works begin on landmark Witton Barracks park (March, 2017)
New works for Mt Coot-tha
Brisbane City Council has allocated funds toward a new visitor centre and other refurbishments at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens and Mt Coot-tha Reserve. "The new centre will provide a more formal entrance and dedicated facilities for the Volunteer Guides, with a gift shop, to provide a fitting welcome to Queensland's premier botanic gardens." Part of the $3.4 million construction cost will come from a $700,000 donation from a Brisbane resident. Source: LM delivers $6m boost to Mt Coot-tha precinct (June 2015)Plan progress for Frew Park, Milton
The final concept plan for Frew Park, to be developed on the sites of the former Milton Tennis Centre and Milton Bowl sites, has been released.The 3.5 Ha parkland will include a play area, six tennis courts and a large open green space. Completion is due in 2014. Source: Plan for big park in Milton finalised (March 2012)
Myrtle Rust in Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens
Plants on which the pathogen has been identified includes three new hosts. Biosecurity Queensland recommend vistors tot he Gardens avoid contact with mrytaceous plants. Source: Myrtle rust confirmed at Botanic Gardens (May 2011)
Help for flooded gardens
Brisbane Garden Recovery is a volunteer group helping restore flood damaged gardens. If you'd like to participate in a working bee, know a garden that needs assistance, or are able to donate plants, mulch, tools or other supplies you can find out more information at the Brisbane Garden Recovery Facebook page or contact Kate on 0448 460 037 or flood_garden_recovery(AT) hotmail.com
Car V. Community in Kenmore
Plans to build a new road on land set aside in the 1970s have been dusted off by the Queensland government, to the alarm and (in some cases,) suprise of local residents. Opponents suggest that impacts on the community, including the loss of green space, will outweigh the benefits from this decades-old scheme and that there are better ways of improving the dire traffic situation in the region. More information, news and discussion of this issue is presented on the Save Our Kenmore action group website.
More peaceful future for Pooh Corner
The former defence training area known to western suburbs residents as "Pooh Corner" and now preserved as an environmental reserve is to have waste from exploded hand grenades and "other unexploded ordnance" removed: Council starts clean-up of "Pooh Corner" (Brisbane City Council, April, 2008). More information about the area here: Friends of Pooh Corner