THE Barb Martin Bushbank will re-open to the public for retail sales on Wednesday, October 3, following a temporary closure to allow for extensive upgrades to the indigenous nursery’s facilities.
“We are excited to be re-opening the Bushbank’s doors next Wednesday, fully stocked with plenty of indigenous plants, many of which have been locally sourced and grown, for the local community to be able to plant in their gardens,” said Candice Ochsenham, nursery coordinator.
“In the past few months we have continued to service our existing wholesale orders, but we’ve also been able to focus on the generation and production of plants with the help of our great band of volunteers, who form such a vital part of the nursery’s operations.
“We really want to thank and acknowledge our volunteers’ ongoing contributions, so we’re going to be enjoying a special celebratory breakfast with them before we open for business on Wednesday.”
The nursery has received significant upgrades to much of its infrastructure including greenhouses and growing benches, along with improved drainage, especially in the hardening off area.
The Bushbank will open to the public for retail sales three days each week on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday between 9am and 3pm, offering a wide range of indigenous plants ideally suited to the island’s conditions.
“Native plants are attractive and come in many shapes and sizes, and with the right species you can have a flowering garden all year round.
“They are better for the environment, low maintenance, drought tolerant, and require minimal water. Native plants also provide habitat for native birds, butterflies, bees, lizards and other insects.
“By planting a native garden, you can help connect animal and plant populations across the island.”