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A weed isn’t a weed when it becomes a native tree
Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba on Saturday, 1 August, 2015 from 9.00am until 2.00pm
For all those people out there who think weeds cause nothing but trouble and are completely useless, here is an event to change your mind. Come and find out how all your weeds can be transformed into native trees for your garden. Just collect your weeds, pack them in some shopping bags and bring them down to the Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba on Saturday, 1 August, 2015 anytime between 9.00am and 2.00pm.
Entry to the IndigiScapes Centre is absolutely FREE.
For every one of those weed-filled shopping bags presented to IndigiScapes during Trees for Weeds Day you will receive a free native plant (up to five plants per person). How's that? Your garden's weeds will be transformed into native trees.
These weeds have all been transformed into trees - incredible!
While at the Centre you'll be able to talk to Redland City Council's weed experts and get some advice on managing the weeds you still have back in your garden. The Council's main weed focus is currently on:
* Wild Tobacco (Solanum mauritianum)
* Chinese Burr (Triumfetta rhomboidea)
* Morning Glory (Ipomoea indica)
* Green Cestrum (Cestrum parqui)
The IndigiScapes native plant nursery will be open for sales on the day providing native plants for local gardens. All plants are $2.50 each, from the smallest ground cover to the tallest blue gum and, if you're after something specific, ask and the friendly staff who will try to help out.
Anything you need to know about native plants you can discover at Indigiscapes.
Did you know, one of the best ways to harden your garden against water restrictions, attack from pests and difficult soils is to plant the species that grow naturally and are adapted to the conditions in your area? As most of the stock supplied by the nursery is collected from seed in local Redlands conservation reserves and grown on site by volunteers it is perfect for local gardens. If you are not lucky enough to be from the Redlands, ask what's best for you anyway, you might be surprised.
After walking through the display gardens at IndigiScapes, you'll understand how native plants can be used in a wide variety of ways in your own garden. There's no need to create a 'bush' garden just to accommodate native plants.
This is a wonderful day out in a relaxing and peaceful setting, where you can come down and talk to experts about the best plants for your circumstances.
While at the Centre, make sure you take a wander through the boutique gift shop. It stocks an amazing range of bushtucker spices, jams, sauces and more. You'll also find a wide range of locally produced art works including paintings, semi-precious stone jewellery, leather goods, photographs, candles and a range of craft items mixed in with a number of fun gift wares themed around the Australian bush and home.
That's not all, you can also purchase a variety of environment and conservation based nature books and CDs. Most of the books on sale are of particular interest to nature enthusiasts and not readily available through larger book stores.
If you see something you think you might like among the bushtucker foodstuffs on sale in the gift shop but are not too sure about it – no problem. Make your way over to the café and try it out with a cuppa. What you eat in the cafe is also on sale in the shop and most of the jams and chutneys such as, Lilly Pilly Jam, Bush Tomato Relish and the mouth watering Lemon Myrtle Butter can be enjoyed with your cuppa.
If you have a little spare time and would like to become more involved you can volunteer to help at various times during the week. For more information contact the Centre on 3824 8611.
Should circumstances work against you on the 1st there will also be The Bay Island Trees for Weeds on 15 August from 8.30am until 10.30am at: Point Lookout Bushcare Nursery, Karragarra Island Foreshore Park, Coochiemudlo Island Jetty, Macleay Island Progress Hall and Russell Island Public Pool Carpark. These events are all run by experienced local Bushcare volunteers who will help with any questions you have.
For more information on Redlands IndigiScapes Centre's Trees for Weeds Mainland Event check out the Centre's web page here or for more general information on this exciting display of native flora click here for the Centre's web page. The Centre's Facebook page supplies a lot of information and even more can be obtained from phoning the Centre on 3824 8611 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org