Native plant ideas unearthed

Glenn CordingleyBroome Advertiser
Adelaide De Bruyn, 7, potting native seeds at the free community event.
Camera IconAdelaide De Bruyn, 7, potting native seeds at the free community event. Credit: Water Corporation.

Cooking bush tucker, learning about environmentally friendly gardening and discovering native Kimberley plants took centre stage at a recent community open day in Broome.

Dozens of green-fingered enthusiasts gathered at Broome Botanical Park, where they rolled up their sleeves and got dirty.

The event was made possible by a Water Corporation grant and the Lions Club of Broome.

Society for Kimberley Indigenous Plants and Animals volunteer Kylie Weatherall said many visitors wanted to create beautiful gardens using native plants.

“The Kimberley is an incredible area for native plants and people want to use local plants and gardening practices that enhance, protect and reflect our natural environment,” she said.

“I think people gained a lot from the open day and it is all thanks to the hard work of our volunteers and support from the Water Corporation and Lions Club of Broome.”

Water Corporation North West regional manager Rino Trolio congratulated SKIPA on the successful event and encouraged the volunteers to keep up their important work.

“It makes sense to use plants that thrive in the local conditions as they are much less work to look after, and importantly, use much less water than non-native varieties,” he said.

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