Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens Spring Plant Sale 

22 September 2012
10.00am to 3.00pm in RTBG Nursery
We are rapidly potting on tomatoes for the Spring Plant sale on 22nd September 2012 between 10.00am to 3.00pm.

This year we will have heirloom potatoes, 157 different varieties of heirloom tomatoes, other vegetable seedlings, herbaceous plants, small trees, indoor plants, interesting plants from our RTBG collection, succulents and herbs. 

There will be also be a gourmet BBQ and alive music. Of special interest will be a stall for orchid lovers.

RTBG Nursery 62363082


Applications for School Kitchen Garden Grants for 2011 were received from Albuera Street Primary, Blackmans Bay Primary, Clarendon Vale Primary, Levendale Primary, Margate Primary and Hutchins School.  The Committee would like to thank all the schools for the time and effort they put into submitting their applications.  They were detailed and demonstrated a great deal of enthusiasm and commitment towards their gardens.  

After a great deal of discussion and evaluation of the applications it was decided to divide the $3000 in the following way.
Clarendon Vale Primary - $1000 to purchase a Closed Loop Composting Unit.It decomposes and homogenises food organic waste in an aerobic environment.  This will enable the school to introduce composting to the sustainability program.

Margate Primary - $750 to purchase seeds and plants and to contribute towards the construction of an outdoor cooking and eating space.

Blackmans Bay Primary - $750 for cooking equipment, plates, cutlery and serving equipment. This will enable the students to prepare and serve the garden produce in a convivial manner.  

Levendale Primary - $500 to construct raised garden beds and expand their existing vegetable gardens, and further involve the volunteers in the School Kitchen Garden program.   
At the Annual General Meeting Anthony Burrows, Principal of Blackmans Bay Primary School reportedvery enthusiastically,  on the progress the school had made towards establishing their school vegetable garden and how they propose to use the grant of $750.00  to purchase dining and cooking equipment.

Collette Harrold, Principal of Levendale Primary School, sent a Power Point presentation on how the school was establishing its garden and how they plan to use the $500.00 grant to expand their gardens.

Queensland Floods

Slow Food Hobart made a donation of $500 to Brassall State School in Brisbane.  The school and in particular their vegetable gardens suffered a huge amount of damage in the floods.   They plan to use the money to help re-build their raised garden beds and re-establish their School Kitchen Garden program.  They will forward a report on their progress later in the year.