The Northern Group had a very the successful plant sale on Saturday, 14 April. Over 1000 plants were sold, a wonderful boost to the Australian plant population of Launceston and the funds received will be very useful in supporting and furthering the aims of their Group.
for all their thoughtful planning, organisation, time and hard work over the past year. The members who work hard at propagation sessions also deserve special thanks for their good work propagating and preparing the plants for sale. The excellent flower photo labels definitely encouraged customers to buy, especially in autumn when there are fewer flowering plants on offer.
These Managers have been assisted by all those who attend the nursery sessions on the first Saturday of each month at Windsor Community Precinct. The sale could not have been a success without help from the many committed members who bring a variety of plant cuttings/seeds, propagate them, re-pot, weed, wash used pots, sort and label and unload the propagating soil etc. Many plants would maybe die except for the effective watering system and the Manager and partner’s regular visits to check on plants when drought and heat prevail. Many other members undertake essential tasks when called upon for advice and assistance and they are always willing to help. The Manager has also been supported recently by several other Members in making decisions about the most effective ways of maintaining and improving the nursery and the plant sales.
Northern Group has once again to thank another Member for his help in transporting plants from the nursery to Max Fry Hall on sale day. This time both two other gentlemen Members assisted with the heavy lifting, setting up and returning plant boxes to Windsor Precinct (easier after selling a thousand + plants!).
The Northern Group are busy again propagating for another Plants Sale possibly in October this year, so stay tuned for this fabulous event
North West Group
The weather forecast was not good and it rained on Saturday, but they had a quite pleasant day.
The Sale was due to start at 10am, but customers started arriving early. By 10:30 the rotunda was full of people. They were flat out, plants were flying out and by lunchtime they had virtually sold out! Plants in flower always go first, but people were buying more wide range than some of the previous sales. Most of the plants they sell are in 125mm pots and of good size. They have kept the price at $5/pot as the main goal is to promote native plants. They have managed to build up and retain a quite a wide range of plants over the years. They try to make sure their Members keep some growing to have cuttings available. They also take cuttings from the Tasmanian section in the Arboretum. A survey of how people found out about the sale revealed that personal contact from friends was the most common. However, all the methods of advertising had brought in some customers including some who were driving past and saw the road signs. The receipts covered their costs and they have some funds for other projects.
The North West Group are continuing to propagate each month at the Eugenana Arboretum and may again be involved with the Community Fair at Port Sorrell in October 2018. An update will be published when this is confirmed.