2021 UPCOMING EVENTS

March – Saturday 27th March, 2021

Tour & Lunch at Alowyn Gardens. These beautiful gardens in Yarra Glen are set on 4 acres and feature distinctive garden spaces that are feast for the eyes and a testament to the years of hard work and dedication of the owners. See further details here.

 


February – Sunday 28th February, 2021

Lunch at the Bay Road Cafe.  Come join us over lunch as we welcome in the new year, reconnect with friends and make new ones in this bayside Cafe.  See further details here..



Save These Dates!

Three great new ways to connect with like-minded women in the horticulture industry 

Sunday 28th February      
Reconnect Lunch at Bay Road Cafe,
Bay Road Nursery, Sandringham

Saturday 27th March
Tour and lunch at Alowyn Gardens, Yarra Glen

Monday 31st May
Sustainable Floristry event featuring Chrysco Flowers
and Florist Rita Feldmann, Skye

We will be issuing our new 2021 Calendar of Events at our first event and will keep you informed as events arise


The trip to Triffid Park was cancelled in October 2020 due to COVID restrictions.  We hope to reschedule it in 2021.

In the meantime here is a short article to wet the appetite.

MEAT EATING PLANTS!  FLESH SUCKING TRAPS! SLIPPERY PITS OF DEATH!

Can you believe that there are plants that eat insects, lizards, birds, mice and rats?   These are not from Fantasy Books or Science Fiction.   Welcome to TRIFFID PARK – the home of CARNIVOROUS PLANTS!

These plants are so unusual, because not only do they attract insects to them, as most plants do for pollination reasons, they also capture, kill, and digest their prey directly into the plant for nutrition.

The name “Triffid Park” comes from the John Wyndham novel – “Day of the Triffids”

 Triffid Park is owned and managed by Jason and Donna Smith and specialises in propagating, growing and selling Carnivorous Plants and Aquatic Plants to retail nurseries throughout 5 states of Australia and mail ordering to collectors Australia-wide. 

Triffid Park was started in 1997 by Donna’s parent’s, Colin and Tina Clayton in Keysborough, after previously running a successful retail nursery in Dingley for over 20 years.

In July 2007, Jason and Donna took over ownership, and a new purpose-built, environmentally-friendly, carnivorous plant poly house and modern aquatic plant nursery was built on their new site on the Mornington Peninsula.

The carnivorous plant nursery is all undercover in a plastic polyhouse, with a roof span that catches all rain water into 6 x 50,000 litre water tanks.  The entire nursery is watered from these tanks, by way of capillary tray system.  Each variety of carnivorous plant is housed in a separate growing room so that the temperature and water can be regulated to their specific requirements. Roof vents automatically open allowing fresh air in to cool the houses and let hot air escape on warmer days, and close when the temperature drops to retain heat.  Thermal screens close at night to keep heat from escaping through the roof.

 The majority of water plants are all grown outside in the full sun, as they would in a home pond.  Some are under hail netting to protect their leaves from hail storms, and some are in a white shade house to optimise their growing conditions.  Float valves are used in the water bays to keep them watered.  We have established many different varieties of water lilies to sell to nurseries and use our own Patio Pot system to grow water lilies in.  These are a square pot with no drainage holes.   You do not need a pond to grow water plants.  The patio pot can just be placed in the full sun on a patio, balcony or in the garden and you have your very own water garden.

Do visit the Triffid Park website for more details – www.triffidpark.com.au

 

OCTOBER – Friday 30th  – Visit to Triffid Park carnivorous plant facility, Somerville.  Due to Covid-19 restrictions the visit to Triffid Park has been postponed. However Donna and Jason stand ready to welcome us in 2021. Stay tuned for our announcement of the date in the months to come.

In the meantime here is a short article to wet the appetite.

MEAT EATING PLANTS!  FLESH SUCKING TRAPS! SLIPPERY PITS OF DEATH!

Can you believe that there are plants that eat insects, lizards, birds, mice and rats?   These are not from Fantasy Books or Science Fiction.   Welcome to TRIFFID PARK – the home of CARNIVOROUS PLANTS!

These plants are so unusual, because not only do they attract insects to them, as most plants do for pollination reasons, they also capture, kill, and digest their prey directly into the plant for nutrition.

The name “Triffid Park” comes from the John Wyndham novel – “Day of the Triffids”

 Triffid Park is owned and managed by Jason and Donna Smith and specialises in propagating, growing and selling Carnivorous Plants and Aquatic Plants to retail nurseries throughout 5 states of Australia and mail ordering to collectors Australia-wide. 

Triffid Park was started in 1997 by Donna’s parent’s, Colin and Tina Clayton in Keysborough, after previously running a successful retail nursery in Dingley for over 20 years.

In July 2007, Jason and Donna took over ownership, and a new purpose-built, environmentally-friendly, carnivorous plant poly house and modern aquatic plant nursery was built on their new site on the Mornington Peninsula.

The carnivorous plant nursery is all undercover in a plastic polyhouse, with a roof span that catches all rain water into 6 x 50,000 litre water tanks.  The entire nursery is watered from these tanks, by way of capillary tray system.  Each variety of carnivorous plant is housed in a separate growing room so that the temperature and water can be regulated to their specific requirements. Roof vents automatically open allowing fresh air in to cool the houses and let hot air escape on warmer days, and close when the temperature drops to retain heat.  Thermal screens close at night to keep heat from escaping through the roof.

 The majority of water plants are all grown outside in the full sun, as they would in a home pond.  Some are under hail netting to protect their leaves from hail storms, and some are in a white shade house to optimise their growing conditions.  Float valves are used in the water bays to keep them watered.  We have established many different varieties of water lilies to sell to nurseries and use our own Patio Pot system to grow water lilies in.  These are a square pot with no drainage holes.   You do not need a pond to grow water plants.  The patio pot can just be placed in the full sun on a patio, balcony or in the garden and you have your very own water garden.

Do visit the Triffid Park website for more details – www.triffidpark.com.au