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Friends of the Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens


Become a Friend and help with the establishment of the Botanic Gardens, a legacy for future generations. Friends will have a wide range of skills or interests - perhaps an interest in gardening, horticultural, botanical pursuits, financial skills, computing skills, administration skills, or fund raising. Join the Friends now and be a part of this exciting new project which will bring together a wide range of supporters who care about the community, its health and well being, care about the environment, are willing to assist  and share a common vision for the future.

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From January to March the plant growers group meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 10am to 12 noon on the botanic gardens site.

From March to December the Plant Growers Group meet as advised in the newsletter.

For further information contact the Coordinator of the Plant Growers Group Di Grant

Working Bees are held on the site every first Tuesday of the month, from 10am to 12 noon (except January).

Propagation, the hot topic at the first Plant Workshop in 2014

by Carolyn Dwyer

As the most prolific growth time is happening right now, it is the ideal time to educate supporters of SHBG , both Friends and interested members of the public alike, in the skills of plant propagation.   SHBG are fortunate to have the expertise of two former nursery owners and horticultural specialists, Charlotte Webb and Les Musgrave.

On Tuesday 17th January, thirty two enthusiastic plant growers met under canvas on a cool showery day at the SHBG site.  They were there to learn the finer details of growing plants successfully from soft tip cuttings and by division.  Charlotte Webb demonstrated using rare and unusual plants from her own garden.  She spoke about collecting and drying seed heads and the rewards of watching them grow into vigorous new plants.  There was also information about the correct propagation medium, the use of Perlite and the essential use of Premium potting mix when potting on.

Les Musgrave shared his knowledge of the preparation of plants for sale.  He reminded participants of the importance of uniformity and cleanliness of containers.  He talked about ensuring that plants look healthy by removing senescent leaves and keeping fertiliser up to them to produce flower heads as well as glossy foliage.  Les had examples of plants that had been grown to their peak and were ready for sale.  He set the bar high and his audience was impressed with the standard.

There was a ripple of enthusiasm in the crowd as they realised that many hands make lighter work and that they could add to the stunning display of sale plants in 2014 at the Town & Country Gardens weekend on 26, 27th April.  Everyone went away to rummage in their garages and garden sheds to start potting up for Autumn.












Friends Committee


Chris Webb


Ian and Carolyn DWYER
Shandra EGAN
Noel and Elizabeth SYMONDS
Rosemary WILLIS


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