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    Edible landscape: Brisbane’s newest garden open to the public

    Nathan Johnson

    Epicureans will relish at the opportunity to visit Brisbane’s latest addition to the South Bank Parklands, a public edible plant garden where trendy superfoods grow alongside age-old favourites.

    ‘Epicurious Garden’ is a 1,500sqm edible garden designed by JFP Landscape Architects along with Jerry Coleby-Williams in order to educate and inspire Brisbane’s Southbank visitors.

    The garden is meant to be about discovery and the public are encouraged to explore its plant life to see what fresh produce looks, feels and smells like. Fourteen volunteer gardeners will maintain the flora and be on hand at different times of the year to educate the public about inner-city gardening and provide recipe suggestions for the produce on display. 

    Interpretive signage along with links to recipes run alongside the garden’s 30 beds and pots for visitors who miss out on gardener advice.

    Edible fruits, vegetables and herbs are all on display and are organically and seasonally produced. Here are some of what’s on offer:

    • Basil
    • Blue java banana
    • Cha-plu
    • Coffee
    • Cranberry hibiscus
    • Custard apple
    • Ginger
    • Kale
    • Lemon 
    • Mango
    • Orange 
    • Pineapple
    • Purple mustard
    • Rosella 
    • Tahitian lime 
    • Tamarind 
    • Taro
       

    Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, who launched the garden,  invited visitors to learn about growing and cooking their own produce.  Quirk believes the ornamental and productive garden in the heart of the South Bank Parklands will educate and inspire the home gardener.

    “This unique space will be maintained by a team of dedicated staff and 14 volunteer gardeners who have been recruited by Council to maintain it to a high horticultural standard.”

    Images: Brisbane Marketing Board.

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