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Eat your heart out at new South Bank edible garden

19 August, 2014

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is inviting South Bank Parkland visitors to learn about growing and cooking their own produce with the official opening today of the Epicurious Garden.

The Lord Mayor will be rolling up his sleeves and getting his hands dirty, planting the final edible produce for the first planting stage of the garden.

Cr Quirk said the ornamental and productive garden in the heart of the South Bank Parklands was designed to educate and inspire the home gardener.

“Epicurious refers to someone who is in constant pursuit of great food, drink and adventure, and I think this name aptly reflects the spirit of the many visitors to the South Bank Parklands,” Cr Quirk said.

“It is sure to inspire people of all ages to become home gardeners, with fresh seasonal produce to be harvested regularly and free samples available for tasting as the produce grows.

“Visitors will have the opportunity to learn how to cook with home-grown produce such as tamarind, kale and Asian greens, a variety of herbs and edible flowers, and much more.

“It’s all about creating innovative and interesting spaces in our city for residents to enjoy, while also encouraging residents to embrace Brisbane’s clean and green lifestyle.

“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.”

The Epicurious Garden is 1500m2 and is made up of 30 beds and some pots. It has interpretive signage along with links to recipes.

The opening of the Epicurious Garden coincides with Parks Alive taking place across Roma Street Parkland, South Bank Parklands, City Botanic Gardens and Brisbane Botanic Gardens (Mt Coot-tha) this weekend, on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 August.

As part of Parks Alive, there will be free guided walks through South Bank and the Epicurious Garden on Sunday, 24 August at 11am and 1pm. Bookings recommended: 1300 137 468.

Other must-do activities as part of the festival include a Pop Up café on Albert Street Walkway, which will open 4pm to 9pm this Thursday 21 and Friday 22 August, a new kids club at Roma Street Parkland and circus workshops and live music in the City Botanic Gardens.

For more information on the new Epicurious Garden, go to www.visitsouthbank.com.au.
For more information on the Parks Alive festival, go to www.romastreetparkland.com.

[Ends] AUGUST 19, 2014

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