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COME ALONG: Bushgardens’ volunteers preparing for the open day are (from left) Luciano Consalvi, Jeanette Kennedy, Arthur Mousamas and Pam Payne.KEEP this Sunday, April 1 free because it’s your chance to purchase Barossa native plants as part of the Barossa Bushgardens’ Open Day.
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As well as offering thousands of local native plants for sale from $3, the day promotes sustainable living with workshops made available on a range of activities, plus stalls exhibiting and selling Barossa produce.

Open Day is a free family event, with lots of craft activities for children including making art with native seeds.

Bushgardens’ volunteers say if you’re planning a garden makeover, it’s good to know first whether your garden is on sand or clay soil. Some Barossa plants thrive only on one or the other, but not on both.

They say while most of the valley is clay soil, parts of the Barossa are ancient dunes – sandy soil – such as the area around The Rex and north to Nuraip Road, Altona, parts of Nuriootpa near Redeemer school and The Moppa.

Bushgardens volunteers are happy to advise you which plants grow best on your soil, whether it is clay or sandy soil, so that you get the best possible results.

Knowing your soil pH or acidity/alkalinity is also worthwhile and an indicator of what plants will grow best where.

For example, most Eremophilas prefer neutral to alkaline soils. Volunteers encourage you to bring along a teaspoon or small plastic bag of your soil and have it tested on the spot by Australian Plants Society.

Open Day Workshops

Garden design with Ted from 10am ‘Sustainable garden practice’ with Erica Bartsch from Plants Plus, 11am ZEN Home Energy Systems information session, noon Prune Australian native plants, 1pm• Ongoing guided tours of the gardens and display gardens on the hour from 10am-2pm.

The Open Day will be held from 10am to 3pm and a barbecue lunch will be made available.

The Barossa Bushgardens is located off Penrice Road, Nuriootpa, with car parking available via Research Road, just north of Penrice Road.

For more details, contact Pam Payne on 0448 676 348.

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