Dry Tropics Biodiversity Group Inc.

(inform, educate, enthuse, implement)

 

Display Gardens: to education and awareness main page

 

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Projects include:  Castle Hill Quarry, a potential regional plants botanic garden | school and general gardens |

 

Note May 2003, web page reinstalled on the web, have not had time to rework it yet.
Ideas here are valid and another window of opportunity for implementation will occur in due course. A project waiting to happen

 

 There is a real need to do a lot more than just showcase our local plants.

We want people to realise that our local bush is a magnificent example of a pretty good and currently intact ecosystem, further many of these plants are potentially very useful, eg probably half our 2000 local species would look good in gardens.

But we do not know much about our local species, and need to know much more. Growing local species is a bit experimental. Arguably much of what we learn about each plant species likes and dislikes comes from growing them in different garden environments. Sure it's not complete ecosystem knowledge, but no-one is making any practical attempt to get that for most species, we can really contribute.

Promoting local plants for use in private gardens is a slow but sure way to elevate respect for our local bush, and we learn much about species characteristics.

 Public Local Plant Gardens rationale

There are a handful of local highly professional but unpaid enthusiasts who really do know a lot, their knowledge comes from a great deal of informal study. At this point of time the dissemination of already collected information to others is the main bottleneck. Only then can this knowledge be remembered, used and extended. Always this must be done with full and repeated acknowledgment for information that has been collected at great personal cost.

Our unpaid effort means that time is at a premium. Putting all this club based effort into planting a demonstration garden on private land is unjustified, when the work is not as available to the public, and can be sold and decimated long before fruition. What we build must be planned to remain for 100 years.

We need guarantees of permanency. The point is our installations are to be here for the long term. They will have terrific value that needs to be appreciated, respected and taken into consideration, otherwise we'd rather not even start. Abandon it half way through and much of the benefits are wasted. It is a package that does not work when part is removed.

 Doug Silke, 8 April 1999.


 



School gardens top | to education and awareness main page

 

Note May 2003, web page reinstalled on the web, have not had time to rework it yet.
Ideas here are valid and another window of opportunity for implementation will occur in due course. A project waiting to happen

 

  1. We can contribute greatly towards the education of our upcoming generation in local plants by assisting with the provision of plots planted out to represent local ecosystems. There is a real need in Townsville primary and secondary schools to learn more about ecosystems. Different ecosystems are best represented by "Plant Communities" or "Vegetation Types". Natural ecosystems are much simpler to study, since they have evolved over a very long period of time to be all operating in equilibrium.
  2. Schools will value these plantings. They are less likely to be cut out than in some other places. School groundsmen will highly value these plantings.
  3. We have a propagation group growing quite a number of these plants. A project like this will boost interest at propagation group.
  4. Especially for schools, where they have a gardener and money for materials, and we can get across the concept of "local plants" to young people, this synergy is potentially really good.
  5. Mundingburra Primary School is very proud of their non-local rainforest planting, done by Society for Growing Australian Plants (SGAP), although as ecosystems go it is a bit of a mixture of species.

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