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eNews July 2021

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SOWN visits Myall Park Botanic Garden

Myall Park Botanic Garden, near Glenmorgan in Western Queensland, is famous as the birthplace of the Robyn Gordon Grevillea.

In the 1950s, grazier and amateur botanist, Dave Gordon, began to collect and plant native species from all over Australia. Dave experimented with hybridising desirable Grevillea species and this resulted in the creation of the well-known Robyn Gordon and Sandra Gordon plants, named after two of his daughters.

Before his death in 2001, Dave excised 132 ha from his property and with community friends established the Myall Park Botanic Garden. A not-for-profit company and many volunteers are now working to keep Dave’s dream alive.

Dave’s wife Dorothy, a well-known botanic artist, painted many rare and beautiful plants in the garden. Myall Park became a focal point for local artists and Dorothy’s paintings are now housed in the Myall Park Gallery. The recently created, purple Dorothy Gordon Grevillea is spectacular and has been named after her.

SOWN nursery manager, Dick Harding, has been volunteering at Myall Park Botanic Garden for about eight years and has been propagating and planting arid region plants. Dick organised for eight volunteers from SOWN to visit in June. ‘Planting a single plant at a botanic garden in semi-arid land is quite time-consuming’ Dick told us. This proved to be an understatement. In three days of solid work, we planted 57 plants. ‘This would have taken two hours before morning tea on Enoggera Creek’, SOWN President John Abbott said.

Despite the hard work and some bad behaviour by mice, everyone from SOWN enjoyed the crisp mornings, roaring fires, starry nights, 75 bird species seen, and great company.

A haven for rare plants, artists and wildlife, Myall Park Botanic Garden is well worth a visit. See the website at

Getting instructions on the planting process. Photo: Kim Grady

Dick, Russ and John decide where to dig holes for the plants, while Andrew records bird calls – he saw 75 bird species. Photo: Kim Grady

Australian pelican Pelecanus conspicillatus visits Myall Park lagoon. Photo: Kim Grady


'This Week by the Creek' eNewsletter - June 2021

The June 2021 eNewsletter from our partners at the BCC Creek Catchments Program is attached for your information.

It contains information and updates about creek activities and events across Brisbane, training opportunities and grants that are available.


To download and view the SOWN 25th Anniversary history book click here

Please have patience, the ebook is large and colourful and may take up 30-60 seconds to download.


These planting guides will help you choose the best local native plants for your regeneration site or garden. You can also visit the “Plants To Plant” section using the site navigation. >


SOWN has volunteer catchment groups working on creek restoration throughout the Enoggera catchment including along Enoggera Creek, Fish Creek and Ithaca Creek. Look here to find the group nearest to you.>