Centennial Parklands is sporting a splash of winter colour thanks to the current planting program of 6,000 annuals in some of our most popular flower beds.

The Parklands’ horticulturists are undertaking a mass planting in Column Garden, Frog Hollow and around Centennial Parklands Dining. The plantings include some quite exotic and colourful sounding plants: “Ornamental Kale Pigeon White”, “Viola Magic Baby Blue”, “Ranunculus Mache Plus Rose”, “Armeria Ballerina Red” and “Poppy Champagne Bubble”!

 

The new plants ready and waiting for planting

The new plants ready and waiting for planting

 

6,000 new plants will certainly brighten up our winter!

6,000 new plants will certainly brighten up our winter!

 

Becoming greener…

The winter planting is far more than just about providing more colour (although that is a nice outcome!) – it is part of our new environmentally sustainable plans for our green spaces.

‘Environmental sustainability’ at the Parklands is far more than just a set of buzzwords – recently our Environmental Management System was accredited with ISO 14001 certification.

ISO 14001 is an International Standard that…enable[s] an organisation of any type or size to develop and implement a policy that is committed to environmental responsibility; such as resource sustainability, prevention of pollution, climate change mitigation and minimisation of environmental impact. – from www.saiglobal.com

In line with this approach, our winter plantings feature:

  • plants chosen that rely less on irrigation
  • watering systems that draw increasingly from pond and reused water sources
  • waste reductions through less use of plastic planting pots

And how are we achieving this last one? Through trialling Jiffy Pots!

Jiffy Pots are a planting pot made from compressed peat. The pot becomes completely integrated with the root system and is transplanted with the plant – protecting the sensitive young seedlings from ‘transplant shock’. Over a period of two weeks the pot decomposes.

 

A Jiffy Pot - a creation of a Norwegian gardener in the early 1950s!

A Jiffy Pot – a creation of a Norwegian gardener in the early 1950s!

 

These changes are helping to make our green spaces greener, to make the Parklands’ environment more resilient and adaptable, able to sustain itself through variable and changing climatic conditions.

We hope you enjoy the new winter colours, and also enjoy the knowledge that it is part of a program to create a sustainable parklands that will benefit the community for generations to come.

At very least, it seems the ‘residents’ are enjoying the new colours…

 

Appreciative locals!

Appreciative locals!

 


 

 

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