"Botanic gardens are institutions holding documented collections of living plants for the purposes of scientific research, conservation, display and education."

John Harper from Harper Landscape Designs in Airlie Beach and landscape architect, Lawrie Smith, from Brisbane have spent months designing the garden areas.

The project team included representatives from Whitsunday Regional Council, Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service, Whitsunday Catchment Landcare and Carbon Nursery.

Residents of the Whitsundays will be treated to a very ‘unique', one of a kind Botanical Garden that is unlikely to be seen anywhere else in Australia. After four years of an extensive study period and relevant consultations, a Masterplan for the gardens to be located along the Bicentennial Walkway in Cannonvale was created by esteemed Botanical Architect, Lawrie Smith. He has previously designed 14 botanic gardens both in Australia and overseas. The master plan was overseen by the botanical gardens steering committee and the biodiversity levy committee, and was endorsed by the Whitsunday Regional Council in June 2010.

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