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Plant expo and sale returns to Wallan

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The Australian Plant Society Mitchell Group’s annual native flower and plant sale is back, with an event in Wallan on Saturday after a three-year hiatus.

The Australian Plant Society Victoria is selling all sorts of native plants along with other sellers including Joan and Peter Broughton, Mike’s Plants, Ironstone Park – Unusual native plants, La Trobe indigenous plant nursery – Indigenous tube stock and Goldfields Revegetation, Russell Wait Eremophilas and his book.

Secretary Ian Julian said the expo would feature a range of native plants and native flowers for guests to consider for their own home-grown gardens.

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“Every flower that will be on the show will be growing in a local garden and whether it’s from Queensland, or Western Australia, people think you can’t grow some of those lands because they are a different environment,” he said.

Mr Julian highlighted the productivity that native plants gave to the land, especially in developing areas.

“It’s really important to have native plants, especially to the area and especially in developing areas, because it might have a better opportunity of providing something that’s more appropriate and more likely to survive,” he said.

The last show in 2019 presented 160 Grevillia species with hakeas, eremophila and a long range of local native species.

At this year’s sale, the group’s Gardens for Wildlife Program will have a stall for people to consider applying, providing people the opportunity to educate themselves on what plants attracts local species.

“[It’s] really about what you need to have wildlife in your garden, whether it be little lizards and skinks and a few birds popping in to provide water,” Mr Julian said.

The plant expo will be at Wallan Community Centre, located Bentick Street Wallan, from 9am to 3pm on Saturday.

Entry is $2 with children free when accompanied by a parent, and refreshments will be available along with many door prizes.

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