The People’s Garden

The Garden’s Design Plan, titled ‘Olive Pink Botanic Garden – the People’s Garden’, was launched on Miss Pink’s birthday, Saturday 17th March 2018. It sets out a vision for the Garden’s future.

Developed over 12 months, with public and stakeholder consultations, this ambitious 20-year plan aims to unlock the potential of the Garden for the people of Alice Springs through the development of the following components:

The Plant Collection – Maintenance and ongoing plantings of over 600 species will continue along with weeding, Euro control measures, improved water capture and soil structures, and interpretation signage.

The hills as hero visitor attractions – Trails to Tharrlarletneme (Annie Meyers) and Nurses Hills will be upgraded to enhance access to the Hills with their views over the Garden, the Todd River and MacDonnell Ranges. They will be developed with quality walking trails, stairs, interpretation signage and linked viewing stations.

New visitor centre and café – A new visitor centre, café, offices, works depot and parking area is planned near the existing front entrance gate. This will enhance the visitor experience and staff amenities with upgraded facilities.

Miss Olive Pink Centre – The existing main building will be refurbished to present a comprehensive story of the Garden and the fascinating and unique story of Miss Pink and the important anthropological and botanical work undertaken by Miss Pink.

Indigenous Culture – The garden will provide a platform for training, education, employment and sharing of Arrernte stories.

View a copy of the plan here.

The development of the Plan was funded by the NT Government.