Garden gurus will bring tips and tricks

Jacinta CantatoreHarvey-Waroona Reporter

FEELING overwhelmed by your Wanneroo wax?

Not getting enough bang for your banksia?

Then perhaps some advice from the garden gurus at Boxed Green is what you need.

This is the first year the mobile home garden service has exhibited at the Brunswick Show and the qualified horticulturists were keen to share their advice.

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“Our biggest message to people is to start with nothing,” Boxed Green co-founder Graeme Mitchell said.

“It’s about working with what you’ve already got.”

Mr Mitchell and his wife Sue Dempster run specialised workshops and garden home visits to help home gardeners incorporate native WA plants into their gardens.

At the show they will have four 20-to-30-minute information sharing workshops, where they will help home gardeners with advice about what they can plant and when.

“We are about home gardens and sustainability in home gardens,” Mr Mitchell said.

“These are information workshops which are all about information sharing, and we can also make plant recommendations.”

They will also be selling plants which they source from the Australian Native Nursery.

Mr Mitchell said a common mistake people made was they leant towards the bigger native plants, because those were the ones they saw in botanical gardens and garden displays.

“The thing is, if you plant those kinds of plants in a small garden, they will dominate,” he said.

Mr Mitchell said that by using WA native plants it was possible to have plants flowering all year round, which helps to create a wildlife corridor and has knock-on effects by supporting native ecosystems.

“There are so many things we can all do to add life to our gardens,” he said.

“All you need to do is water them and talk to them occasionally.”

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