New and bush tucker plants star at gar­den fes­ti­val

Pilbara News - - Property - Sab­rina Hahn

It’s that time of the year again when gar­den­ers can go to the one spot to see all the new-re­lease plants that are com­ing out for autumn.

The re­cent Perth Gar­den Fes­ti­val show­cased new plants, in­spir­ing dis­play gar­dens, and there were in­for­ma­tive talks from the Hor­ti­cul­tural Me­dia As­so­ci­a­tion and biose­cu­rity staff from the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Food who spoke about a range of biose­cu­rity mat­ters, in­clud­ing the tomato potato psyl­lid, Euro­pean wasp and pest re­port­ing tools.

De­part­ment se­nior re­searcher Dar­ryl Hardie said of­fi­cers were able to dis­cuss pri­or­ity plant pests and show gar­den­ers how they could sup­port WA’s agri­cul­tural in­dus­tries.

The de­part­ment’s biose­cu­rity dis­play in­cluded a Euro­pean wasp nest, tomato potato psyl­lid sur­veil­lance traps and ex­am­ples of pests to watch out for in the home and gar­den.

There were quite a few fab­u­lous new-re­lease plants on dis­play, in­clud­ing a dwarf pome­gran­ate, mini magic, which flow­ers like a de­mon and fruits pro­lif­i­cally.

There were also one of the most stun­ning carex to come out in years, Feather Falls, and a new soft flow­er­ing gera­nium called Mavis Simp­son.

Vis­i­tors saw all the new Tucker Bush plants for gar­den­ers who are in­ter­ested in grow­ing their own bush foods. Many are beau­ti­ful even with­out fruit.

A stun­ning Feather Falls dis­play.

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