Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Will you tiptoe through the tulips?

I find it really sad that Araluen Botanic Park no longer receives the support it needs to hold it’s annual tulip display. The lack of government support for the park and the impact of parking restrictions imposed, means this year’s traditional It’s Springtime at Araluen tulip festival will not be held again.

That said, Araluen Botanic Park and now calling on volunteers to plant what they call a ‘modest scale of tulip planting’ on May 29 & 30 and June 12 & 13 from 9.30am to around 12pm.

Rod Ross, park general manager, says: “In keeping with previous practice we are inviting the broader community to volunteer their services to assist in the bulb planting process.  Many have become regulars and most consider it to be a novel, educational and enjoyable wholesome family outing.

“Just imagine the satisfaction that participants experience when returning to Araluen in spring to see the bulbs they planted in full bloom.”

Volunteers are encouraged to bring suitable gardening clothes, gloves and kneepads.  Planting tools are provided and simple instructions are demonstrated on site.

For further information contact the park on 9496 1171.

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