Palmetum’s 30th Birthday Bash

Date published: 19 September 2018

Townsville’s Palmetum Botanic Garden turns 30 this year and to celebrate Council is holding a free community fun day this Sunday.

Local Councillor Verena Coombe said the family friendly event will cater for people of all ages.

“There will be outdoor activities and giant games for the kids, gardening workshops, botany tips and even music meditation,” Cr Coombe said.

Cr Coombe said the Palmetum has been a popular attraction in Townsville for both locals and tourists over the past 30 years.

“Our Palmetum is such a unique tropical experience – there are around 300 different species of palms and we are proud that it’s ranked in the top ten Palmetums in the world, Cr Coombe said.

“It’s a spectacular garden and we are very lucky to have had this wonderful asset in our backyard here in Townsville for the last 30 years.”

Cr Coombe thanked Council’s Construction, Maintenance and Operations staff for their efforts to keep the Palmetum so well maintained.

“The staff who look after our gardens do an amazing job and it’s great that their hard work will be showcased for everyone who comes out on Sunday,” Cr Coombe said.

Council is investing $41 million in parks and open spaces right across the city to ensure everyone in our community has the best facilities in their area.

The Queensland Government’s Small Grants Program has contributed $10,000 to the event.

The free fun day will run from 9am to 1pm this Sunday at Palmetum Gardens (University Road, Douglas) and free parking will be available on Marabou Drive.