Bromeliad Spring Show

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Gardening -

Spring is the per­fect time to check out the va­ri­eties and colours avail­able in the bromeliad world. This is the sea­son, when many are dis­play­ing their very beau­ti­ful flower spikes and in­tense colour. The best place in Sydney to see hun­dreds of bromeli­ads on dis­play is at the Bromeliad So­ci­ety of Aus­tralia’s Spring Show be­ing held at the Fed­er­a­tion Pavil­ion, Cas­tle Hill Show­ground, Show­ground Road, Cas­tle Hill dur­ing Septem­ber.

This is an op­por­tu­nity to see and pur­chase from many lo­cal, in­ter­state grow­ers and col­lec­tors of ex­quis­ite and rare bromeli­ads. The show in­cludes 2 days of pub­lic sales on Satur­day, 23 Septem­ber 9am – 4pm and Sunday, 24 Septem­ber 10am – 3pm.

Ad­mis­sion is free and there is plenty of park­ing on site. The Spring Show in­cludes a bromeliad dis­play, 20+ plant sales tables, com­pe­ti­tions, lit­er­a­ture, in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice. Please bring a box along for your pur­chases.

The most pop­u­lar va­ri­eties of bromeli­ads for home gar­dens that most rec­og­nized are Aech­meas, Guz­ma­nias, Vrieseas, Ne­o­regelias and Til­land­sias.

If you are keen to cre­ate a trop­i­cal gar­den ef­fect or search­ing for some­thing suit­able to un­der-plant in shade where noth­ing grows, then bromeli­ads are per­fect.

They are, very easy to grow, easy care, in­ex­pen­sive and re­ward the grower with spec­tac­u­lar, long last­ing blooms and or­na­men­tal fo­liage in a va­ri­ety of bril­liant colours. They re­quire very lit­tle wa­ter­ing and come in a wide range of sizes from tiny minia­tures to the in­cred­i­ble gi­ants. There are over 3000 known va­ri­eties of Bromeli­a­ceous and the first recorded bromeliad was 500 years ago.

Within the last hun­dred years, bromeli­ads have be­come more widely used as or­na­men­tal plants. Orig­i­nally only found in royal botan­i­cal gar­dens or the pri­vate col­lec­tions. Their pop­u­lar­ity has grown such that to­day bromeli­ads are more avail­able to the home gar­dener and the bromeliad en­thu­si­ast.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion visit www.bromeliad.org.au. Email: ian­hook1@big­pond.com. Con­tact Ian Hook, Pres­i­dent Bromeliad So­ci­ety of Aus­tralia - mobile 0408 202 269.

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