Help design a unique experiential children’s garden
  • Wednesday 29 May 2013

Sunshine Coast Council is developing an innovative and exploratory children’s garden at Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden (MRBBG) to engage the young and the young at heart – and the community is invited to have a say on its creation.

Community Programs Portfolio and Division 5 Councillor Jenny McKay said council and Friends of Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens identified the need for the children’s experiential gardens as part of the master planning of the botanic gardens.

“The children’s experiential gardens will encourage, enhance and inspire children’s learning and connection to the regional landscape, native vegetation, local ecology and natural elements through the creative arts,” Cr McKay said.

“Visitors to the children’s gardens will enjoy an innovative and exploratory experience focusing on the unique ecosystems, flora, fauna and habitats of the Whipbird Walk forest, where it will be located.”

Cr McKay said Friends of MRBBG, local groups, residents, children, schools and visitors have an opportunity to inform the design of the experiential gardens and provide feedback about what they wish to see there.

“The Friends of MRBBG will attend a workshop to discuss the goals and design objectives of the project,” Cr McKay said.

“The local community and interested residents and groups will then have the opportunity to attend a “Meet us in the Gardens” workshop on Sunday 9 June from 10am to 2pm at the Arts and Ecology Centre, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanical Gardens, Tanawha.

“Come along and participate in the design process to create a children’s garden that enhances the natural setting. The children’s gardens could incorporate a number of options, including interpretative signage, subtle complimentary artworks, playful creative elements and rest points for observing, listening and engaging with the landscape.

“The feedback and priorities identified by the community will be used to influence the concept plan and staging of the project.

“The children’s experiential gardens will link into the current art workshops and creative programming of the Arts and Ecology Centre. The children’s gardens will provide visual aid for creative inspiration within the workshops and complement the diverse experiences already on offer at the botanic gardens.”

To attend the workshop, RSVP to parkscapitalworks@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au . For further information about the project, visit council’s website.