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    HOME GROWN: Jeanne and Royce Raleigh with a Wimmera Plant Guide Wimmera Growers of Australian Plants released in 2016.

Plant group keen to inspire


Patrons at this weekend’s Horsham Spring Garden Festival will again be able to see, touch and smell some of the best Australian native plants grown in the region.

Wimmera Growers of Australian Plants will be back with their floral displays and growing advice at the festival.

They are also using the occasion to encourage more people to join their group and promoting a November 9 propagating workshop in Horsham they have organised to help people get the most from native plants.

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President Royce Raleigh said delving into the world of native plants in the Wimmera was a rewarding experience for people with a keen interest in gardening.

“We really need new members to join in the exploration, understanding, reward and delight of growing native plants,” he said.

“People can get a general idea of what we’re talking about at the weekend with members bringing along a variety of flowering displays to show. The festival provides an insight into what the group can offer as well as the plants they can grow.

“It is also a great lead-in to our propagating workshop next month, where participants will learn how to propagate Australian native plants from seed and cuttings. 

“We are having this workshop because it is not always easy to find some of these plants in nurseries.”

Members will have workshop registration forms at their Horsham Botanic Gardens site at the festival. 

The November 9 workshop will be at Horsham Angling Club rooms from 9.30am to 4pm with a $20 cost for materials.

“The cost covers the seed, cuttings, soil and pots we’ll be supplying, and everyone will go home with seedlings and seed to try for themselves. 

“All the details about the workshop and the benefits of becoming a member of Wimmera Growers of Australian Plants will be available from members at Horsham Spring Garden Festival.”

Mr Raleigh his wife Jeanne have over many years created Wartook Gardens, an example of how to use native plants in a garden, in the Wartook Valley. 

Wartook Gardens are a magnet for wildlife, with the Raleighs continually documenting new species of visiting birds.

“Anyone keen to get involved with the growers group can either email or phone 5383 6200,” Mr Raleigh said. 

“It’s a great interest – something that can be really absorbing. It’s one of those things where the more you learn about it the more you want to know.”

The entire October 9, 2019 edition of The Weekly Advertiser is available online. READ IT HERE!