PLANT­ING IDEAS AT WORK­SHOPS

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE -

AUSTRALIND green thumbs got tips on mod­ern, water­wise gar­dens last Satur­day cour­tesy of Be­yond Gar­dens pre­sen­ter John Col­will.

Two work­shops were held at the Australind Vil­lage Shop­ping Cen­tre at 10am and mid­day and in­cluded in­for­ma­tion on build­ing a water­wise gar­den as well as tips on mod­ern land­scap­ing.

Leschenault Catch­ment Coun­cil com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Sharon Up­ton said while only 40 peo­ple at­tended the work­shops, a num­ber of pass- ers-by stopped to watch.

“He just has one of those vi­brant per­son­al­i­ties that is easy to lis­ten to,” Ms Up­ton said.

She said Mr Col­will cov­ered a num­ber of is­sues in cre­at­ing a gar­den with re­duced fer­tiliser use and na­tive plants.

Ms Up­ton said the work­shops cov­ered some con­tro­ver­sial top­ics such as the ef­fi­ciency of fer­tiliser use.

“He was de­bunk­ing some of the myths in the gar­den­ing in­dus­try sur­round­ing fer­tilis­ers and their ben­e­fits,” she said.

Ms Up­ton said the work­shops had hoped to at­tract peo­ple from the north­ern sub­di­vi­sions in Australind to en­cour­age them to re­duce fer­tiliser run-off into the Leschenault Es­tu­ary.

Na­tive plants were also for sale through the Leschenault Com­mu­nity Nurs­ery with staff and vol­un­teers an­swer­ing gar­den­ing ques­tions.

The work­shops were held in a joint ini­tia­tive be­tween the catch­ment coun­cil, the nurs­ery, Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion and the De­part­ment of Wa­ter and En­vi­ron­men­tal Reg­u­la­tion’s Re­gional Es­tu­ar­ies Ini­tia­tive.

Be­yond Gar­dens pre­sen­ter John Col­will leads a water­wise gar­den work­shop at the Australind Vil­lage Shop­ping Cen­tre last Satur­day.

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