Get­ting ready for spring

The Courier-Mail - Weekend Shopper - - WEEKENDSHOPPER -

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.

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