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Prof. Catherine Pickering – Balcony Gardening with Natives
September 8, 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Professor Catherine Pickering is botanist, ecologist and environmental scientist. She undertook her PhD at the Australian National University, in Canberra on alpine botany and has continued to undertake research in the Australian Alps over 25 years.
Currently she is a Professor in the Environment Futures Research Centre, and School of Environment and Science at Griffith University. Catherine’s research interests include: alpine ecology, climate change, recreation ecology, managing visitors in protected areas, biodiversity conservation, human mediated seed dispersal and community gardens. She provides advise about the gardens at Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus where there are over 250 native plants, many suitable for home gardens.
She has received many academic awards for her research and work with the Gardens at Griffith.
Catherine will be speaking about Balcony Gardening With Natives at the Entertainment Hub on Sunday “With more of us moving into apartments on the Gold Coast, we do not have to say goodbye to gardening with natives.
With over 170 species of plants native to the Gold Coast, there are lots to choose from, to bring colour to our balconies. If your balcony is sunny most of the day, how about try super resilient dune species already adapted to hot windy conditions, including pigface, with edible fruit. If instead your balcony is shady, you could try soft deep green ferns and baby rainforest trees that grow well in low light areas.
This talk will showcase what works in high rise balconies on the Gold Coast and how even as our city gets higher, we can still support native butterflies and bees.