Getting ready for spring
SPRING is now just a week away and as temperatures rise and blue skies beckon, green thumbs are invited to enjoy a fresh season in the garden before the humid days of a Queensland summer begin.
Weekend Shopper extends this invitation to both novice and experienced gardeners with its Garden/ Outdoor, Plants, and Mowers and Trimmers sections offering a huge variety of green opportunities.
These include worm farms and water pumps, trellises and terracotta pots, and lawnmowers and lilly pillies as well as rakes, garden sheds, fountains, trimmers and wheelbarrows.
Plenty of gardening inspiration can also be found at Brisbane’s Roma Street Parkland, which at this time of year abounds in colourful displays including old-fashioned flowers and hardy Australian natives.
Open all day every day in the centre of the CBD, the green oasis covers 16 hectares of land and is the world’s largest subtropical garden in a city centre with more than 1800 species of plants on show, many of them unique to Queensland.
The parkland also boasts distinct precincts including a Spectacle Garden comprising various themed gardens as well as a forest, lakes and water features, playgrounds and lawns.
September’s special guests on show in the parkland includes hippeastrums, king orchids, silver trumpet trees and Lousiana irises while later in spring, jacarandas, Queensland maple trees, Cape York lilies, lemon-scented myrtles and poincianas will offer a stunning variety of colourful displays.
Those interested in learning more about gardening as well as assisting the parkland to continue to grow and blossom throughout the year can volunteer as a guide, visitor assistant or gardener.
General maintenance gardening duties can include weeding, deadheading, thinning, pruning, cultivating annuals, mulching, mowing, watering, sweeping, raking and fertilising.
Roma Street Parkland is at 1 Parkland Blvd, Brisbane CBD.