This year the weather was kind to us, with a great turnout of visitors. Of course, being all indoors means we are much more comfortable than if outdoors under any weather, as in some previous years.
Our Yarra Yarra plant stall had a few new additions this year, some plants from our own propagation group, plants from Chris Fletcher (Maroondah member), and a large number of ferns from Fernacres. The latter was a bit of a test to see whether there was much interest in them, and judging by sales, there certainly is. We will have them again at our Expo in September. All other growers’ stalls seem to have been very busy all day too, making the day a great success with a huge variety of native and indigenous plants available.
Books were again popular. It is a bonus to have the EFTPOS facility for this, and the Bendigo Bank EFTPOS facility also for our plant sales. It is good some of the other growers’ stalls now have EFTPOS available too.
Another bonus is the eight new members who took advantage of the APS Victoria discount on the 1st year of membership to join our group. We hope they can make the most of their membership, coming to our meetings, garden visits or other activities that interest them.
Thanks again to all the willing helpers on the day, transporting equipment from three different locations, setting up, manning all the stalls, door, etc, helping the visitors find their plants, packing up, and cleaning up at the end of a very successful day. We couldn’t do it without you all contributing. I hope you all had as much fun working together on the day, as I did!
Report by Jill Lulham