Our native plant sale on the morning of Sunday, September 20 was a great success. Despite the fact that the Growing Friends did not have access to the nursery for two months during the peak growing period, they managed to produce 7,000 plants for this sale. Over 900 members of the public attended and gross revenue was almost $50,000. Many thanks to all those involved – the Growing Friends and the 50 plus volunteers who pitched in to help over the weekend of the sale. Our next onsite plant sale is on Sunday, November 8.
As you know, we had another online plant sale in September, following on from our first one in July. At last month’s online sale, orchids and grevilleas were sold exclusively to members. We are planning to have more occasional online plant sales for members only.
Membership of the Friends is now at an all-time high. There were 1149 members on October 1, an increase of almost 30% in just under two years. Thank you to all our members for your support throughout a very difficult time for the Friends!
Last month I was invited to accompany Michael Tichbon (our Patron) and Digby Growns (Senior Plant Breeder, Kings Park) to the Australian Wildlife Conservancy’s sanctuary at Mount Gibson. This is the largest fenced-off area in WA that is free of feral cats and foxes. It was wonderful to see all the small native fauna (woylies, bandicoots, bilbies, and so on) in a predator-free environment. The landscape was very varied and the flora and wildflowers were spectacular.
One last reminder – our AGM will be held at 6 pm on Thursday, October 15 at the Pavilion, Next Generation Gym, Kings Park. Our call for nominations for membership of the Management Committee was successful. We received more nominations than positions available (five). Accordingly, an election will be held at the AGM. Information on the candidates is included in this newsletter.
This will be my last newsletter as president. Thank you for all your support over the last year. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the role and am looking forward to working with and for the Friends in another capacity.
9 October 2020