Ph. 02 6775 1139
PO Box 4214
Armidale West NSW 2350
The Nursery is situated just 4kms west of Armidale NSW at an altitude of 1100m.
The area experiences hard
frosts each winter.
All plants sold are grown on site and acclimatised.
Seed and cutting material are obtained locally from hardy species.
The garden under snow in Winter 2007
native garden uses many design principles to counteract frost damage in
It has overhead protection with a tree canopy made up of
Eucalypts, Acacias and Casuarinas.
Plants are grown closely together to
provide a variety of microclimates and rock walls near the house provide protection for smaller plants.
Plants are carefully placed with
aspect in mind.
Tender plants are grown on the southern side of the
garden or shaded from the early morning sun.
New plantings are always
protected with a milk carton for the first winter.
The garden is covered by a thick layer of woodchips to discourage weed
growth and maintain soil moisture.
Woodchips were chosen as they last up to 5 years before
replacement is needed.
This garden is home of the National Correa Collection. Go to www.correacollection.weebly.com
Maria Hitchcock is the former Leader of the ASGAP
Correa Study Group and is the recognised expert.
She is currently Leader of the Waratah and Flannel Flower Study Group. Go to www.waratahflannelflowersg.weebly.com
Maria runs an online group called Save our Flora dedicated to rare and endangered native plants. https://saveourflora.weebly.com/
also known as 'The Wattle Lady' being responsible for gazettal of
Australia's National Floral Emblem (Acacia pycnantha) and National
Wattle Day (September 1). She has over 40 years experience of
growing frost and drought hardy Australian native plants and is a
regular speaker at Garden Club events in the Region and at Native Plant
conferences. She is author of 'Correas -
Australian Plants for Waterwise Gardens' (2010), 'Wattle'
(1991), co-author of 'Australian Plants for the Northern
of NSW' (1982) and has written two editions of 'Australian Plants'
(Correas and Wattles) as well as many newspaper and journal articles.
This nursery has a very low carbon
footprint. We use our own water and no greenhouse heating.
Organic fertilisers are
used in production and waste water flows to nearby gardens.
We encourage sustainability
and an appreciation for our native flora.