The Hobart Group Plants sale on 14 October was very successful with a very heavy stream of buyers from 08h45 to 11h45 then steady until 12h30. The Groups’ Nursery is located in the Kingston Primary School, and the plants were set up for sale under the sand box shelter on the Hutchins Street side of the School. Knowledgeable Group Members propagate the plants throughout the year, growing them from seed and cuttings. These Members were available on
Plants Sale day to give advice on what plants are best suited for which position and growing conditions. Some of the plants were propagated by Kingston Primary School grade 5 and 6 students during Thursday afternoon Landcare classes.
The next Hobart Group Plants Sale is scheduled for Saturday 14 April 2018, from 9am to 1pm in the same location, under the sand box shelter on the Hutchins Street side of the School. Another batch of beautiful Australian, especially Tasmanian species is being propagated for your enjoyment. The mist propagator was nearly full before the October Plants Sale, so the following propagation sessions will be very busy with potting up and preparing cuttings to refill it. The bog propagator was also quite full and many seedling have enjoyed the warm October, so another lot of plants are being grown on for our loyal customers. We would love to receive empty pots, clean or unwashed, 75, 100 and 125mm sizes if customer wish to return them next Plants Sale day or to the Kingston Primary School reception to the “Attention APST Nursery”. Thank you to all those good customers that did attend and purchase plants, we have refilled our materials fund and have plenty left over for another donation to the School.
AUSTRALIAN PLANTS SOCIETY NORTHERN GROUP
The Northern Group cancelled their Spring Plants Sale due to the lack of plants after their highly successful April sale and the need to spend a lot of time setting up their new Nursery at the Windsor Community Precinct. The plant preparation and potting up area in the shared barn is well set up with plenty of space for soil mixes and lots of benches.
The green house has been beautifully fitted out with good height benches and overhead sprays with an automatic watering system. The outdoor growing on benches are also well set up at comfortable height for most members and they have also been fitted with overhead sprays. Some of the outdoor benches have been covered with shade cloth for hardening off tender plants.
Their next Plants Sale will be in April 2018, on a date to be determined nearer to the time. Stay tuned.
North West Group
The North West Group had another highly successful day at the Port Sorell Fair with a magnificent large display of garden grown flowers and lots of good plants for sale. They consider this to be a promotional day rather than a Plants Sale day but were pleased with the take for the day. They also sold small posies of flowers at $1 each and had plenty of taker for these. The stall was back up with a wall of Dick Burn’s early plant collector pictures and other plant photos.
The next North West Plants Sale will be at the Eugenana Arboretum in April 2018 on a date to be determined. Stay tuned