The Society holds a large sale of Australian Plants twice a year, in Autumn and Spring, at the Adelaide Showgrounds in Wayville.
All the plants are grown in South Australia by members of the society. Most have been chosen because they are particularly suitable to Adelaide or South Australian conditions, but there are also many varieties presented because they are of interest to enthusiasts - either because they are rare or they are unusual in some other way. Typically, there are about 1,000 different species or varieties available each sale, enough to satisfy just about any requirement.
To help customers choose from such a huge range, there are plenty of helpful volunteers on hand, willing to answer queries and help ensure the right choice is made. In many cases, our members may have grown the plant themselves, or at least know someone who has.
More than just a plant sale (Photo: John Barrie) Central to the sale is the Information Desk with general advice including free soil pH testing and recommendations for the different areas of Adelaide. The Information Desk also runs a computer program called APSQuery that was developed by one of our members to produce a list of suitable plants that meet any requirements specified such as plant size, flower colour, soil type or water requirements.
Spring flower show (Photo: John Barrie) Other activities at the sales include talks and demonstrations covering a wide range of subjects, (see the list of topics planned for the upcoming sale,) as well as book sales of interest to nature lovers and gardeners.
The sale in Spring also includes a display of Australian plants in flower at that time.
This is a wonderful opportunity to mingle with experts, growers and plant enthusiasts from all over the State.
The next sale is on the weekend of Sat 20th and Sun 21st April 2013. It will be at the Adelaide Showgrounds, Wayville - follow the signs from the Rose Terrace entrance.
After that, the next Spring Flower Show and Sale will be on the 12th and 13th October 2013.
Click here for a list of the plants expected to be available at the next sale (pdf, 47kb). This list may change over time, and should become more accurate as we approach the dates of the sale.
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