April’s regular BHLG meeting attracted over 30 members and guests, who were regally entertained by Deans Marsh-based nurseryman Mike Robinson- Koss.
Mike dealt mainly with his specialty – the collection and propagation of native seeds. Using specimens of various stages of development that were, or should be, growing in the Barrabool Hills, he soon had the inside of the hall transformed into a native tree nursery.
As well as offering lots of growing tips, Mike dealt with the impact of climate change on species selection and changing the time of planting, using weed mats and mulch, and selecting provenances from further North.
Mike’s list of native species that are in danger of being lost from The Barrabool Hills made interesting reading:
Silver Banksia, Banksia marginata
Sweet bursaria, Bursaria spinosa
Prickly Currant Bush, Caprosma quadrifidia
Tree violet, Melicytus dentatus
For further info go to Mike’s website http://www.otwaygreening.com.au