Rain or shine, the show goes on

Attendees brave the wet conditions at the plant sale.

By Brendan Rees

The rain didn’t deter gardening enthusiasts from taking part in a plant sale at Wilson Botanic Park in Berwick on Saturday 7 September.

This year’s Casey Garden Expo was cancelled due to rainy weather but those keen to brave the cold enjoyed a plant sale as well as a barbecue put on by the Friends of Wilson Botanic Park Berwick.

Alex Smart, president of the Australian Plants Society – Wilson Park Botanic (APS-WPB) said most growers were happy with the turn-out of people although sales were down from last year.

“It was cold and windy in the morning, but we and the plant sellers consider that a fairly common occurrence for a Melbourne spring day,” he said.

“Loyal buyers travelled from Gippsland and Seaford as well locals have learned that sellers offer some wonderful Australian plants at modest prices.

“The wonderful Friends of Wilson Botanic Park strongly support us with men labouring from 7am to bring trestle tables, chairs, signs, while their ladies cooked egg and bacon sandwiches for the sellers and volunteers,” Mr Smart said.

In a statement on its website Casey Council said it apologised for any inconvenience caused following the event’s cancellation.


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