Na­tive plant ideas un­earthed

Broome Advertiser - - News - Glenn Cord­ing­ley

Cook­ing bush tucker, learn­ing about en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly gar­den­ing and dis­cov­er­ing na­tive Kim­ber­ley plants took cen­tre stage at a re­cent com­mu­nity open day in Broome.

Dozens of green-fin­gered en­thu­si­asts gath­ered at Broome Botan­i­cal Park, where they rolled up their sleeves and got dirty.

The event was made pos­si­ble by a Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion grant and the Lions Club of Broome.

So­ci­ety for Kim­ber­ley In­dige­nous Plants and An­i­mals vol­un­teer Kylie Weather­all said many vis­i­tors wanted to cre­ate beau­ti­ful gar­dens us­ing na­tive plants.

“The Kim­ber­ley is an in­cred­i­ble area for na­tive plants and peo­ple want to use lo­cal plants and gar­den­ing prac­tices that en­hance, pro­tect and re­flect our nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment,” she said.

“I think peo­ple gained a lot from the open day and it is all thanks to the hard work of our vol­un­teers and sup­port from the Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion and Lions Club of Broome.”

Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion North West re­gional man­ager Rino Tro­lio con­grat­u­lated SKIPA on the suc­cess­ful event and en­cour­aged the vol­un­teers to keep up their im­por­tant work.

“It makes sense to use plants that thrive in the lo­cal con­di­tions as they are much less work to look af­ter, and im­por­tantly, use much less wa­ter than non-na­tive va­ri­eties,” he said.

Pic­ture: Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion

Ade­laide De Bruyn, 7, pot­ting na­tive seeds at the free com­mu­nity event.

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