Date posted: 07 August 2015
Wittunga Botanic Garden Spring Blitz
Sunday, 13 September
8:30am – 1pm
Wittunga Botanic Garden, Shepherds Hill Road, Blackwood
Free (registration required)
Ring in spring with a morning of gardening and a free barbecue lunch at the Wittunga Botanic Garden Spring Blitz on Sunday, 13 September.
Volunteers of all ages and gardening abilities will have the opportunity to contribute to the Garden’s beautiful Australian and South African collections, helping it shine on the 40th anniversary of Wittunga Botanic Garden opening to the public.
Starting at 8:30am sharp, volunteers will work alongside friends, family, like-minded green thumbs and Garden staff to plant Australian natives, mulch and hand weed. At midday it’s tools-down for a free sausage sizzle and a take-home goodie bag from Neutrog.
Botanic Gardens of South Australia Director, Stephen Forbes, said there were few better ways to kickstart spring than by spending it lake-side, surrounded by native Eucalypts, dazzling Ericas and, if you’re lucky, an inquisitive koala or two.
“Blitzes offer the general public the chance to make a real difference at one of the state’s most interesting and historic gardens, and we’re always amazed by the work of volunteers” Mr Forbes said.
“This Spring Garden Blitz, the first ever at Wittunga, is all the more special considering September marks the Garden’s 40th anniversary since it first opened to the public as a botanic garden in 1975.”
Wittunga was developed as a private garden in 1902 by English-born estate agent and naturalist Edwin Ashby, before it was bequeathed to the Botanic Gardens of South Australia by Edwin’s son, Keith, in 1965.
The Garden will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a free public event on Saturday, 17 October, which will include food by Fork on the Road, live music by the SA Police Band, and children’s activities.
Registrations are capped at 60 people so get in fast. Register to volunteer today!