NATIVE LOVE: Fushia Collard with volunteer Lesley Thornton.
NATIVE LOVE: Fushia Collard with volunteer Lesley Thornton. Patrick Woods

Native plants will enhance, not hinder, your garden

MEMBERS of Coolum Community Native Nursery will be among friends this Sunday when they celebrate Botanic Gardens Day.

Manager Fuschia Collard is passionate about her beautiful range of native flora that was hand-picked and cut from around the region.

"With the salt air and the sandy ground, there is nothing better than to grow natives in your backyard,” she said.

"Here on the Coast, we've an influx of gardeners wanting to have natives in their garden.”

Fuschia said there were plenty of eager new locals wanting thriving plants in their yards.

"It's incredibly good for biodiversity in the region, as not a lot of plants will tolerate the elements,” she said.

"Quite a number of gardeners come in looking for natives that pollinate so that they can encourage bees in the backyard.

"Without the bees we wouldn't have any plants at all.”

The group has special permits from the council to responsibly source plants from the surrounding area.

"We are incredibly lucky to being allowed to do so,” Fuschia said.

"It allows us to maintain healthy populations of native plants for the wildlife and the visitors to the area.”

The Coolum group will have a stall at Maroochy Botanical Gardens on Sunday as part of Botanic Gardens Day celebrations from 8am-noon.

Volunteers will be showcasing and selling native plants.

The group will also appear at the Queensland Garden Expo in July at Nambour to promote the benefits of having natives in the garden.

"Through education people can be told that having a native in your garden isn't going to upset the look, in fact, it will enhance it,” Fuschia said.



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