Inala Jurassic Garden
INALA JURASSIC GARDEN
GONDWANA ON BRUNY ISLAND, TASMANIA
The Management Committee is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Inala Jurassic Garden, Nature Museum and developing the strategic plan.
Dr Tonia Cochran (Founder and President)
Collections Manager, Curator and Specialist Garden Guide
Tonia is the founder of Inala Jurassic Garden and a biologist with a Bachelor of Science in Botany and Zoology, plus Honors and PhD degrees in Zoology.
Throughout much of her career, Tonia has led nature tours in many of the continents and landmasses that once made up Gondwana. She became fascinated with the Gondwana story as she saw first hand the diversity and similarity within plant families of Jurassic origin and incorporated the Gondwana story into her tours.
Tonia had the thought that it would be nice to have a few of the species displayed on her private nature reserve on Bruny Island, where she and her staff team regularly conduct nature tours. As she delved more into this concept, the project grew (and grew some more) into the establishment of a themed Public Garden with education and conservation at its heart.
Steven (Bori) Morris
Inala Property Manager, Head Gardener & Expert Garden Guide
From the beginning, Bori was involved in every aspect of the Garden - overseeing preparations for establishing the Garden, working with Tonia to plant and label each specimen, making dinosaur footprints, and so much more. Bori is now the primary caretaker of the Jurassic Garden and shares his considerable enthusiasm and knowledge with visitors on guided tours of the garden.
Judy has a keen interest in gardening and conservation having taught horticulture for decades specialising in soil science and arboriculture. Jude is keen to assist with practical help and technical advice.
Monique began her studies in the areas of soil and earth science and has a lifelong affinity with gardens and gardening - a natural development given both parents were mad-keen gardeners. Having studied the Gondwanan story from a geological viewpoint, Monique was fascinated by the botanical Gondwanan connections showcased in the Jurassic Garden. Conservation is a passion and Monique is a great supporter of the Garden’s Noah’s Ark projects. From her home base in Queenstown, Tasmania, Monique provides expertise in developing key documentation and website content that supports the work of the Jurassic Garden.