Thu 11 October
10am - 4:30pm

Brought to you by Andreasens Green this day tour will pick you up From Surfers Paradise to explore the Gold Coast Regional Botanical Garden first with Kate Heffernan, it will then take you to discover the 1880 Ernest Junction Tunnel as a rare surviving example of 19th century railway engineering on the Gold Coast, this tour will then stop for lunch at a local pub before heading to its final destination at Andreasen's Green Yatala Nursery for a comprehensive tour and insight by expert Darren Mason.

*Kate Heffernan: Kate is a specialist in Australian native plants and creating sustainable gardens using regionally native plants. Kate Heffernan has horticulture and landscape industry experience in a range of disciplines, in particular the development of Botanic Gardens plant collections, supporting infrastructure and policies as well as community engagement and building external and internal partnerships. Kate produces creative and timely outcomes and has the ability to engage and inspire others. Her technical horticultural, project management and communication skills are complemented by industry wide recognition for involvement in the Botanic Gardens, training education and interpretation, as well as the Horticulture Media.

*Gold Coast Regional Botanical Garden: In mid-1998 a small group of like-minded individuals with a common goal met and formed a steering committee of Friends of the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, to be led by Founder, Kate Heffernan. Regular committee meetings followed with the first general meeting in May 1999. Not long after, the Friends made their first proposal for a Regional Botanic Gardens to the Gold Coast City Council. Rosser Park was selected by Council in late 1999 as the most suitable site based on criteria of international standards. In 2004, the Friends appointed Gene Rosser as Patron of the Friends. Gene’s family kindly donated to Council in the 1960’s part of the land that is now Rosser Park. In 2003, the first steps towards establishing the Gardens were taken by the Friends with a number of successful planting days in the Mountains to Mangroves section. Since then, more than 20,000 local Australian natives have been planted by the Friends with community support.

*** Darren Mason: Sales Director at Andreasens Green in NSW and QLD and with over 30 years of experience at Andreasens Green, Darren Mason will guide you through his 8 acres QLD nursery!

*** Andreasens Green Yatala Nursery: Andreasens Green has more than 150 acres under production, across its New South Wales and Queensland growing sites.
Having several growing locations allows Andreasens Green the diversity of climate and growing conditions, enabling the production of a wide range of plant material. Andreasens Green is committed to growing good quality stock and utilises NATSPEC guidelines as part of our production and maintenance programs. This state of the art nursery in Yatala specialises in 150mm to 200 litre plant material and houses 8 acres of stock under shade. Supplier to both New South Wales and the Queensland markets.