How we manage our meadow
As last year’s season came to an end in May, our horticulturalists went straight to work to ensure the next season of flowering would occur. This required slashing and hoeing, which would naturally be done by animals eating down the layers, and the tilling of plant material including putting seeds back into the soil. Meadows rely on the seeds from previous years being returned to the soil bank, thus continuing the species. As our meadow at the Garden’s is artificial we also sow additional species such as Larkspur for an extra spring impact.
During the winter bloom horticulturalists faced an issue – the threat from ducks. Re-seeding can be a difficult time, as bird are quickly attracted to the easy-access food from seedlings. To ensure that the future summer bloom reaches its full potential, the team will be using nets to protect the area from pesky wildlife.
Some of the more stunning flowers used in this year’s winter and summer mix included multiple varieties of zinnia, marigold, sunflower, purslanes, sea lavenders, cosmos, spider flowers and blanket flowers.
The best time of year to see the Wildflower Meadow at the Gardens is during the summer bloom, when the flowers grow over a metre tall. But the meadow is also currently in bloom for the winter season.
We highly recommend bringing a picnic, and having something to eat amongst the flowers. Or if you’d like to learn more about the importance of Wildflowers, it’s the last chance to visit our Pollination exhibit in The Calyx, which closes on the 15 August 2018.
For even more meadow fun, take a trip out to the Paper Daisies exhibit at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, which is best seen in September.