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Have you tried
Bike & Ride?
With Bike & Ride facilities located across Canberra
it's easy to cycle part of the way and then catch
the bus to your destination.
Avoid the cost, tra c and hassles of driving. Bike & Ride
is a great way to get some extra exercise into your day.
Find your nearest Bike & Ride facility at
ACTION will be hosting a lunchtime event in the Parliamentary
Triangle on Wednesday 14 October at King Edward Terrace
to celebrate National Ride to Work Day.
Visit our Facebook page for more information:
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FLORIADE BUSH-FRIENDLY GARDEN
Reflecting on the bounty of spring
ACT Parks and Conservation present the bush garden at Floriade 2015.
Our bush capital
For centuries people have gathered in
celebration at the start of spring,
heralding a seasonal change which
brings with it a sense of excitement for
the season ahead.
As we know the festival that is
Floriade is truly a celebration of
spring. Thousands of people come
together to bask in glorious sunshine
while marvelling at a spectacular rich
floral tapestry. Without doubt this
magnificent display captures your
heart and enriches our lives with its
infusion of colour and smell.
Significantly the theme this year is
one of reflection, a poignant reminder
of the sacrifices made by so many on
a distant Gallipoli shore. This theme
also resonates in our natural setting
giving us reason to reflect on the
impact we humans have had on our
Historically as Europeans spread
across Australia they brought with
them plants from their own country.
With time, many of these species have
proved to be highly invasive and have
become weeds. Today we classify
these exotic weeds as environmental
pests posing a significant risk to our
Given their resilient nature and
propensity to do well, some of these
species were planted in our suburban
gardens. With so much of our bush
capital backing onto nature reserves,
the natural values of these
conservation areas are under threat as
birds, wind and water can easily
spread their seeds beyond the garden.
Gardens containing weeds such as
privet, cotoneaster and hawthorn were
once considered perfectly acceptable.
Now we know so much more about
their invasive qualities. It s with that
sense of reflection that Floriade offers
us an ideal opportunity to appreciate
the natural qualities of native plants in
The Floriade Bush-Friendly Garden
is designed to increase community
awareness of invasive weeds that can
invade our native bushland, while
showcasing at the same time,
alternative plant species that do not
have the potential to spread to natural
The display garden is split in two,
contrasting bush-friendly species that
can be grown in backyards against a
bevy of undesirable invasive weeds.
The bush-friendly plants include
grevillea, ganksia, dianella and a
number of feature plants such as
magnolias and camelias. This
enthralling display illustrates how a
beautiful garden can be created with
plants that are not a threat to our
With a passionate and
knowledgeable team on hand to
answer your questions, a visit to the
Bush-Friendly Garden is well worth a
journey of gardening reflection this
year at Floriade.
Brett McNamara is Regional
Manager with ACT Parks &
BONSAI AND BIRDS
No need for
The National Arboretum Canberra has
a range of activities for children to
undertake to fill in the time these
school holidays, as well as Pod
Playground which is sure to entertain
for hours. Staff at the arboretum will
be hosting bonsai workshops for eight
to 16 year olds for $35 a class.
The bonsai workshops will teach the
art of potting, snipping and styling
bonsai, and participants can take home
their creation. The sessions will be
held on Wednesday, September 30,
Thursday, October 1, and Friday,
October 2, from 10am to 11.30am.
Children are also invited to take part
in bird and bud watching tours in the
gardens for four to eight-year-olds for
$10 a child. The educational sessions
will teach young ones about birds and
their nests and spring blossoms and
buds. The walks are $10 and will run
on Wednesday, September 30,
Thursday, October 1, and Friday,
October 2, from 1pm to 2.30pm.
Do-it-yourself kite making classes,
the lawns of the arboretum. Children
are encouraged to make, decorate and
fly their own kites. These all-ages drop
in-sessions will be held from Saturday,
September 26, to Monday, September
28, and Saturday, October 3, to
Monday, October 5, between 10am
The school holiday activities are
additions to the regular events, walks
and tours at the arboretum. To find out
more, visit nationalarboretum.
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