Botanical Buddies

Welcome to Botanical Buddies, where Spring and science collide to offer children an immersive sensory garden adventure.

Open daily from 22 September to 7 October, all Botanical Buddy activities are free.

Time: 10am – 2pm

The Botanical Buddies lab allows children a space to play, feel, touch, smell and to admire nature, all while encouraging them to venture out into Toowoomba’s many gardens this Spring.

Journey through the lab to create your own personalised plant to take home and grow!

1. Photo moment
Take a moment before you enter the Botanical Buddies lab to snap a picture at our neon garden sign. Share your photo on social media tagging @grandcentral and #BotanicalBuddiesGC to go into the draw to win a $100 Kidstuff voucher.^ Once you have snapped and shared, the little green thumbs will enter the Botanical Buddies lab.

2. Pick a plant
On entry, children will pick a plant they would wish to nurture, take home and grow. All plants will come set in seeded paper.

3. Invisible Ink
The next stop on the botanical journey is to write a secret garden message (or simply your name) with invisible ink at the drawing station.

4. Aroma wall
The aroma wall is jam-packed with smells of the garden! Have your children use their sense of smell to guess the fragrance. 

5. Fertilising station
At the fertilising station, your children will spritz their seeded paper with their favourite natural fragrance.

6. Activation and reveal
The final stop on the Botanical Buddies journey is an injection of UV light to kick start the growing process. At the same time your children will delight as their name or secret message is revealed under the light.

7. Take home
Your seeds are now ready to take home, nurture and grow into a beautiful flowering plant.


So come in and explore the wonderful world of nature, snap a selfie and share to win a $100 Kidstuff Voucher! ^Terms & Conditions apply.