It’s time to celebrate at the Bayside Community Nursery, with news that it is believed to be one of the first community nurseries in the world to be devoted entirely to the propagation of local indigenous plant species.
The nursery will throw open its doors this Saturday 14 October from 9am to 2pm to provide local gardeners with the chance to explore the species, chat with volunteers, grab a sausage and get a copy of the new plant list.
Opening in 1978, the brainchild of local environmental residents and with support of the City of Sandringham (now Bayside City Council), the nursery produced over 5000 plants in its first year of operation to help revegetate the foreshore and bushland reserves.
Two members from those early years, Dr Valerie Tarrant OAM and Ken Rendell, still volunteer at the nursery and both were involved sharing nursery information at this month’s Seniors Festival.
This year the bustling nursery, with the help of nearly 50 volunteers, Council staff and its Open Space service provider Citywide, has produced over 130,000 plants from almost 130 indigenous species for sale to wholesalers, community groups and local gardeners.
“The founding community members had incredible foresight in terms of the environment and the propagation of high quality stock from this unique gene pool of Sandringham Flora, to ensure its existence for future generations,” says Jill Robinson, Council’s Friends of Bayside Support Officer.
“So much so renowned scientist, expert and President of the Indigenous Flora & Fauna Association, Dr Graeme Lorimer tells us that according to his research the Bayside Community Nursery is one of the very first indigenous plant nurseries of its kind, in the world.
Now that’s something to celebrate!
For more information about the gala open day contact Jill Robinson, Bayside's Friends of Bayside Support Officer on 9583 8408 .