Growing Friends 2023 Spring Native Plant Sale

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Plant propagation in the Growing Friends greenhouse
Plant propagation in the Growing Friends greenhouse

The Growing Friends plan to hold their Spring Native Plant Sale on Saturday September 16, allowing plenty of time for planting before the summer heat kicks in.

This year, in addition to selling native plants, we will also be running a sale of second-hand books relating to all aspects of the identification, propagation and cultivation of Australian native plants.

Once again the sale will be held in the car park between the Banksia Centre and the Crosbie Morrison Building. It will run from 8.30 am to 11.00 am, unless sold out earlier. As regulars to our sales know. “the early bird catches the worm” or “come early to avoid disappointment”!

See the Plant Description list here (PDF, 402KB). There will be plants to meet a variety of needs and conditions:

  • To add a structural effect to the home garden or property, we have a selection of larger plants such as Eucryphia lucida ‘Pink Cloud’, the Tasmanian Leatherwood with its beautiful, delicate pink flowers that are so attractive to bees; or Podocarpus elatus, the Brown Pine or Plum Pine, in both male and female forms – the female form having very interesting seeds attached by a fleshy stem to the branch.
  • Among the shrubs for sale is Eremophila splendens with beautiful reddish flowers.
  • Micrantheum hexandrum, the Box Micrantheum, with small dark green leaves, bronze to reddish new growth and profuse, scented, creamy white flowers is a shrub which would be attractive as a specimen plant or as part of a hedge.
  • Eremophila glabra ‘Kalbarri Carpet’ would be an excellent ground cover, with soft silvery grey foliage and beautiful yellow flowers and a spreading habit. It would also be great planted in a rockery or in a container.
  • The Growing Friends have a nice selection of telopeas which promise to be ready for the sale, and an equally nice and diverse selection of correas. Among the many hundreds of plants for sale you will find the familiar and the unusual across many of the plant families.

All plants for sale are propagated by the Growing Friends from cuttings or seeds sourced from the Australian National Botanic Gardens with the support of ANBG staff. Most of the plants for sale cost $6; some larger plants cost $10. Proceeds from sales go to support the Gardens via the Friends of the ANBG.

Eucryphia lucida 'Pink Cloud' (photo: ANBG G_Gillanders 1985, APII x598)

Eucryphia lucida 'Pink Cloud'
(photo: ANBG, G.Gillanders 1985,
APII x.598)

Eremophila splendens (photo: M_Fagg 2018, APII dig51322)

Eremophila splendens
(photo: M.Fagg 2018,
APII dig.51322)