Spring is here, Canberra! And that means it's time to get into our gardens and start growing beautiful things. Here are five ways to help your garden blossom during this golden, fragrant season.
1. Spring Market Day and Talk. Hosted by Cool Country Natives Nursery, 5A Beltana Road, Pialligo. Cool Country Natives is Canberra's only native retail nursery for cool-climate gardens. Their monthly markets return on Saturday, September 7. Come along and have a chat with local specialist native plant growers for expert advice and local knowledge. At 10.30am there will be a talk by local bird expert and author Neil Hermes on how to attract birds to your garden.
2. Marymead's Spring Plant and Garage Sale. Taking place on Saturday 21 September from 9.00am – 1.00pm at 255 Goyder Street Narrabundah. There will be plenty of quality plants as well as books, toys, clothing, craft and bric-a-brac for sale with all proceeds going to Marymead. For more information please phone 6162 5800 or email email@example.com.
3. Creating a Garden for the Canberra Climate workshop. Taking place on Thursday September 26 from 6pm-8pm at the Canberra Environment Centre, cnr Lennox Crossing and Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula. This workshop will give you an overview of good garden care in Canberra. Benjamin Taylor from Good Ground Horticulture will take you through a simple process that will enable good gardening in Canberra's sometimes harsh climate. Ben will cover soils, watering and planting as well as discussing how Canberra's current and future climate will impact your garden. Tickets for this workshop can be purchased via Eventbrite here.
4. Pots to Plots: Curtin Gardeners Market. To be held on September 28 from 10am at the Curtin Shops, 6 Curtin Place, Curtin. Spend a morning in the Square, chatting with gardeners, meeting specialist groups and buying garden- related produce! There will also be children's activities, music and dancers. Hosted by the Curtin Residents Association. For updates please go here.
To be held in the southern carpark of the Australian National Botanic Gardens on October 19, 2019 at 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM. This is the biggest Australian native plant sale in our region, with around 10,000 plants of around 600 species. This includes many species or varieties not available in nurseries, as well as many local in origin. All plants sold are suitable for growing in our local conditions. Be early for the best selection and bring your own bags and boxes. All plants $6, $8 or $10 depending on the size.
6. Gardening for Renters workshop. Taking place on October 26 from 2pm-4pm at Canberra Environment Centre, cnr Lennox Crossing and Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula. Join the Canberra Environment Centre and the Tenants' Union ACT in this hands-on workshop where you'll learn about gardening tips and tricks that'll keep your landlord happy such as the range of cheap and portable gardening ideas for your balcony/courtyard/backyard and knowing exactly what to grow. Tickets available here.
7. Native Pollinators: Bee Friendly Garden Tour. Taking place on November 14, 2019 at 6 PM – 7 PM at the Canberra Environment Centre. Come and see what a bee-friendly garden looks like. Go on a tour and get some tips on how to help bees in your own backyard. Learn about plant selection and creating habitat for a diversity of important native insects. Find out how supporting Australian pollinators can benefit fruit, vegetables and ornamentals alike. Hosted by ANU for Bees and ACT for Bees. Tickets available here.