Orange Botanic Gardens' green thumbs receive Handbury Award

AWARDED: Susan Sanders, Chris Mills, Keith Karslin, Murray Fletcher, Teena Howie, Fay Lochrin , Stewart Chapman and Libby West are part of the propagation group. Photo: JUDE KEOGH
AWARDED: Susan Sanders, Chris Mills, Keith Karslin, Murray Fletcher, Teena Howie, Fay Lochrin , Stewart Chapman and Libby West are part of the propagation group. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

They're not all greenhorns and they're not all green thumbs either

Murray Fletcher

A group of keen gardeners based at the Orange Botanic Gardens has received a major award.

The propagation group of the Friends of the Orange Botanic Gardens has received a national Handbury Award for their contribution to the gardens over several years.

Secretary Murray Fletcher accepted the award on the group's behalf at the annual meeting of the Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens in Adelaide.

"There's probably a dozen [people] all up," he said.

Mr Fletcher said the group propagated plants for the gardens and for the popular twice-annual plant sale.

He said they had propagated unique and threatened species including some for Mount Canobolas since the fire of 2018.

"There are some people up there who are in the group who are long-term experienced gardeners," he said.

"They're not all greenhorns and they're not all green thumbs either."

Mr Fletcher said the next plant sale would be in November.

"They sell them at ridiculously low prices," he said.

Mr Fletcher said lessons learned from the COVID pandemic for running the plant sale would also come into operation for future sales.

"They are planning on doing that every year," he said.

Mr Fletcher said having groups of people enter at set times had worked better than the open slather method used before the pandemic where there were no limits on how many people were in the sale area at any one time.

He said the arrangements made it easier for the volunteers to conduct the sale and for shoppers.

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