SEPTEMBER – Friday 18th – City green roof tour at Phoenix Tower & new Parliament House roof gardens. Due to Covid-19 concerns this tour has been postponed to 2021.
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
NOVEMBER – Wednesday 18th – EWHA AGM – Due to Covid-19 concerns further details will follow closer to the date.
NOVEMBER – Sunday 29th – Sharon Harris’ Open Garden, Thornbury
DECEMBER – Sunday 6th – Picnic in Burnley Campus Gardens (featuring “Sister Friend Catering”).