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Come and get your hands dirty
Barossa Bushgardens will swing open the gates again on Sunday, April 6 for their annual open day and Autumn plant sale. The family friendly event runs from 10am to 3pm at the Barossa Bushgardens on Research Road, Nuriootpa and welcomes all ages and abilities.
Open day will have something for everyone to get involved. Planned events include guided tours, sustainability workshops, children's activities and plenty of volunteers on hand to offer advice and man the BBQ. The plant sale will have local native plants for sale from $3.50 including new plantings from the Barossa Bushgardens nursery.
Sarah Barrett, Barossa Bushgardens NRC Coordinator explains that "the special thing about coming to the Bushgardens on Open Day is that you can have a guided tour through the gardens, the grassy ground covers seed production site and our future labyrinth project. We are also running workshops on solar options for sustainability and reuse and recycling".
On Sunday, Barossa icon Prue Henschke will officially open the new Natural Resource Centre (NRC) at 1pm. Prue is a local who has been a long-time supporter and advocate of establishment and ongoing development of the Barossa Bushgardens. The Natural Resource Centre initiative will be one of seven community operated Natural Resource Centres throughout the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges. These centres assist the public in accessing information about sustainability and natural resource management and offer practical ways in which to get involved. Now that the Bushgardens is one of these centres, it will enable workshops and skills based training opportunities to the local community on the topics that are important to them.
In asking what she is excited about for the Bushgardens and new NRC at this juncture, Barrett explains: "The Bushgardens is so much more than just a garden and nursery. I'm excited about communicating that to the people who come. The actual garden and our facilities have grown enormously over the past few years. Our volunteer centre is utilised 5 days a week - plus! We have corporate volunteering, service clubs holding propagation evenings, we are growing trees for areas affected by the Eden Valley Bushfire, we offer programs for people with disabilities...the list goes on. The Bushgardens is a very special part of the Barossa's community fabric and we are very lucky to have such a wonderful and well utilised facility here".
There's more to grow in Barossa soil than just the vines - Research Road, Nurioopa
The Bushgardens is set alongside the picturesque Nuriootpa Linear Park and Coulthard Reserve and open for the public to enjoy free, every day of the year from dawn til dusk. Plantings showcase native, local and threatened varieties and demonstrate concepts like the sensory garden and CFS Firewise garden that visitors can recreate at home. Kids will love the natural experiences for all the senses amongst native flora and fauna.
With support from the Barossa Council and Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board, Barossa Bushgardens aims to increase environmental stewardship on the region by raising awareness and participation in a range of natural resource programs and activities. A dedicated group of volunteers are credited for the tremendous amount of work that goes into making it all possible.
For further information about open day or becoming a volunteer, please contact Sandie Simons on 0417 833 691