Have fun while finding out about Australia's native plants
Get ready to celebrate spring with the 2013 Australian Plants Expo. Held by the Australian Plants Society Yarra Yarra, the event will take place during the first spring weekend September 7th to the 8th. From 10:00am to 4:00pm, the expo will include many native Australian plants and flowers on display, seminars, ikebana, books, photography and many more events and activities throughout the day.
Waratah - Native to the southeastern parts of Australia. Source: Wikimedia Commons
When we step out of our homes, native Australia flora and fauna are everywhere we look. Australia's geographic isolation has meant that much of its flora and fauna is very unique from other species around the world. More than 80 per cent of the country's flowering plants, mammals, reptiles, frogs and insects are unique to Australia and not found anywhere else. The expo calls together people from all backgrounds to unite and celebrate, appreciate and promote Australia's wonderful flora and fauna.
Callistemon species are commonly referred to as bottle brushes because of their cylindrical, brush like flowers.
The two activity filled days will cover an extensive program of talks and other activities including a range of native plants and flower displays, books, photography, art, refreshments, stalls and prizes and activities for children.
The displays at the expo
Program of talks: Saturday 11:00am container planting with Phil Hempel 1:00pm Indigenous foods for Melbourne region – Julie Weatherhead from Peppermint Ridge Farm 2:30pm Minibeats and Microhabitat with Brian Bainbridge
Sunday 11:00am All about mistletoes with Peter Rogers 1:00pm Ikebana demonstration with Emily Karanikolopoulos (Ikebana International)
Ikebana, the art of flower arrangement originated in Japan.
2:30pm Our wildlife and us – Adriana Simmonds
The event will take place at the St Sava's Church Hall located on 212 Diamond Creek Road, Greensborough. The cost of entry is $5 for adults, $4 for concessions and free entry for children. An enjoyable and inexpensive way to enjoy the first spring weekend with the family.