Facilities and services

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The Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha are open every day of the year from 8am-5.30pm in summer (September to March) and 8am-5pm in winter (April to August). There are numerous picnic areas available throughout the Gardens. To protect the plants, dogs are not permitted in the Gardens.

The Gardens also include the Queensland Herbarium, Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, Mt Coot-tha Library and Gardens Café. Each of these facilities has its own opening hours. Find more information below.

Herbarium

The Queensland Herbarium is the centre for research and information on Queensland flora, vegetation and plant communities.

Herbarium staff are involved in the discovery and naming of around 30 newly discovered Queensland plant species each year.

A collection of about 830,000 preserved plant specimens is held at the Herbarium. The species are mainly from Queensland and represent more than 245 years of history.

You can visit the plant identification area at the Herbarium. For more information, phone 07 3896 9326.

Plant identification

The Brisbane Botanic Gardens also offers a limited, free plant identification service. You can take your plant specimens to the reception area of the Gardens' Administration building for identification. Plant specimens need to include leaves with flowers and/or fruit.

When you deliver the specimens, you'll need to complete a Request for Plant Identification form.

Plant Census 2010

The Brisbane Botanic Gardens Plant Census 2010 provides information about the collection of plants in the gardens. This is organised by family, genus and species.

To obtain a copy of the census, phone the Botanic Gardens on 07 3403 2535.

Library

The collection at the Mt Coot-tha Library includes books and magazines on horticulture, natural science, botany, environmental and astronomy topics.

Located in the administration building, the library is open:

  • Tuesday to Thursday - 10am to 4pm
  • Friday, Sunday and Monday - 10am to 3pm
  • Saturday - 9am to 4pm

Picnic areas

With a multitude of picturesque and shaded areas, the botanic gardens are a great place for picnics. Picnic tables and seats in shaded areas, as well as toilets and drinking fountains, are located in shaded areas throughout the gardens. Barbecue facilities are not available in the gardens. The Kitchen in the Gardens cooking facilities are for the exclusive use of garden workshops and are not available for public use.

Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

As Queensland's largest planetarium, the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is an important educational resource for both adults and children and features a range of astronomical shows and displays. Ticket prices apply.

Visit the Planetarium website for more information, including shows.

Gardens Café

The Gardens Café is set among 50 hectares of natural parklands and has an open-air deck that overlooks the gardens and picturesque lake.

The Gardens Café will be closed from Monday 22 May for renovations for approximately 8 weeks. During this period, hot and cold drinks and light snacks will be available from the coffee cart located in front of the café building.

For more information phone 0488 998 334.

Artist-in-Residence program

The exciting interface between art and botany provides the impetus for the Artist-in-residence program. The appointed artist’s work has always been intimately associated with plants specific to the Gardens and in many instances, incorporates natural materials.

The Brisbane Botanic Gardens initiated an Artist-in-residence program in 1995 to enable a person from the broad areas of visual arts, literature or performing arts to work at the Gardens for a negotiated time frame of up to one year. The program is designed to provide artists with an opportunity to stimulate interest and understanding of their particular art form as well as heighten appreciation of the natural environment.

Lesley Kendall is the 2016-2017 Artist in Residence and uses the Gardens as her inspiration. She proposes to paint a series of botanical paintings every day for a year as well as create sculptural forms in clay or glass inspired by the daily paintings. She will be conducting workshops in the Gardens for the public to come and explore their own personal relationship to nature – through quiet walks, painting and drawing in nature. Find out when these events will be held.

If you are interested in becoming the artist in residence or would like more information, send an email.