Annual plant fair on at Bellingen
RAIN, hail or shine Colin Broadfoot and Martin Hogan will be at Bellingen’s Market Park today for the annual Autumn Plant Fair.
For the principals of the Boggy Creek Native Nursery it’s an event they’ve etched into their schedules for the past 20 years.
“We’ve had wet plant fairs before but that just means the diehards will be wearing gumboots and rain coats or carrying a brolley – the fair will go on,” Colin said.
As original vendors at the first fair 20 years ago, Colin and Martin have seen it grow from humble beginnings where reafforestation groups and individuals would pick up tree seedlings from private and government nurseries.
“It has taken on a life of its own,” Martin said.
“It is now very much a cultural and social event attracting tree growers, farmers and town gardeners. The leafy setting along the creek at Market Park comes alive and is just perfect.”
Today there will be around 50 stalls, including 35 plant propagators and growers from along the coast.
“Autumn is a great time to plant winter veggies and to also establish trees. There is usually good soil moisture and enough warmth to allow young trees and tubestock to become established before winter sets it,” Colin said.
The fair is a fundraiser for the Bellingen Environment Centre and runs until 2pm.