Did you know that there is an indigenous seed production area in the Geelong Botanic Gardens? The aim is to have a supply of VVP native grassland seed for restoration projects. It is funded by the Australian Government’ National Landcare Program, Geelong Botanic Gardens, Corangamite CMA and the Sunshine Foundation and supported by Greening Australia.
A few years ago there was a seed production area in the nursery section of the gardens and plants were grown in polystyrene containers. It was very successful and produced a lot of seed. This time the plants are in the ground in weed mat. The aim is to produce a greater quantity of seed than can be gained from collection in the field, with less stress put on local populations.
It is hard to judge how much seed is currently being collected but the bulbine lilies still have plenty of seed and the kangaroo grass is unharvested. Other plants growing are Myrnong, Button Wrinklewort, Blue Devil, Pussy Tails, Hoary Sunray and Salt-lake Tussock-grass. There is also Euphorbia drummondii, Caustic Creeper, but it probably made its own way there.