FROGGS farewell 2017 with fun, flowers and friends

The Friends of Geraldton Gardens (FROGGS) recently farewelled 2017 with one last native plant identification and application workshop, which attracted more than a dozen members and guests.

FROGGS is a Geraldton-based community group with a vision to realise a Botanic Garden in Geraldton to showcase the special unique flora of the Midwest region.

One place in the region dear to FROGGS members’ hearts is the Wonthella Bushland Reserve – a special hidden pocket of native bush in Geraldton. With a canopy of Wattle, Banksia and Grevillea, it provides a rare shady secluded space in Geraldton allowing visitors to get in touch with nature.

Leading the recent FROGGS event at Wonthella Reserve, new chair of FROGGS, Irene Ghannage, was joined by Wendy Payne from the City of Geraldton’s Community Nursery to host an informal workshop for members to learn how to find and identify the seeds on the plants in the Wonthella Bushland Reserve, and how to collect them and check for availability and viability.

The eager botanists found Acacias, native grasses, Banksias, Grevilleas, Hakeas, Fringe Lilies and Flax Lilies to name a few.

Irene said the Reserve provided a fantastic natural seed orchard which would be invaluable for providing seeds in the future for the creation of the Botanic Garden and local revegetation projects.

“It has real diversity and great resilience, and is a fantastic site for workshops and events,” she said.

“On behalf of FROGGS I would like to wish everyone the warmest Seasons Greetings and a special and Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing members at our first event in 2018.”

To find out more about FROGGS, please visit them on Facebook, Friends of Geraldton Gardens – FROGGS Inc or email [email protected]

 

This event was supported by NACC, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

 

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