PLANTING IDEAS AT WORKSHOPS
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.