Author and renowned Central Australian botanist Peter Latz launched the Olive Pink Botanic Garden’s ‘Guide to the Garden Booklet’ on the 5th November.
Peter, along with Senior Botanist of the Alice Springs Herbarium Peter Jobson, Chair of the Board of Trustees Libby Prell, and the new Curator of the Botanic Garden Ian Coleman spoke briefly on the history, role and future of the Garden.
The ‘Guide to the Garden Booklet’ contains a brief history of the Garden and of Miss Pink, a guide to significant walks and plants in the Garden, information on local native plants for the home garden and a feature story by Peter Latz.
Peter Latz, who has been central to the development of the bushfood and medicinal plant collection, describes the Garden as ‘a globally unique treasure’.
With the 30th anniversary of the public opening of the Garden in 2015, the Trustees and the new Curator Ian Coleman are revitalizing both the Garden’s place in the Alice Springs community and economy, and its globally unique and important Central Australian plant collection.
A Curatorial Reference Group, including Peter Latz and other leading Central Australian plant boffins, has been formed to help guide the development of the plant collection, garden beds and displays.
“The ‘Guide to the Garden Booklet’ is the first part of the revitalization. It will be of great interest to both visitors and locals” said Ian Coleman, the new Curator. “We want the broader Alice community to be part of this revitalization. Sixty locals came along to the launch, so it was a great attendance. Many took a tour of the Garden with Peter Latz and myself, and provided input by filling out a survey on the future direction of the Garden. The survey is available for all visitors to the Garden to fill out”.