The SOWN Nursery is the heart of SOWN's activities. At the nursery, SOWN financial members can obtain free plants, native to the Enoggera catchment, for planting in their revegetation sites or bush gardens. You will need to show your membership card to take plants.
The nursery is located at 57 Paten Road, The Gap (See map below). Follow the road into Paten Park and we are at the end next to the Paten Park Native Nursery (formerly Greening Australia).
Opening hours are:-
* Saturdays 9-11am (volunteers on roster) - for pick up and drop off of plants, tools and other equipment only.
* Wednesday 9.00am-12.30pm - as above, plus regular working sessions for propagation and maintenance of plants. New Wednesday volunteers are always very welcome. Come around 9.00 am and ask for Lynn Swan.
The SOWN Nursery is closed for approximately two weeks over the Christmas / New Year break and on public holidays.
Plant trays and empty tubes may be returned outside of nursery opening hours. Please leave them stacked neatly near the nursery entry gates which are just to the left of the SOWN shed.
The SOWN Nursery operates with assistance from the Brisbane City Council's Environmental Grants Program
Location of SOWN Nursery
How to Pot-on Seedlings
The SOWN Nursery uses many methods to propagate native plants from seeds. Seedlings in propagation trays quickly become overcrowded and need to be potted-on into tubes when their first true leaves develop.
The attached brochure (click on the photo) shows 'How to pot-on seedlings' in four steps.
It is important to tease seedlings and their roots out gently with a fork, or similar implement, and to keep the roots wet while they are waiting to be potted-on.
SOWN Nursery August 2017 Stocktake
A stocktake of plants (tubestock) in the SOWN Nursery was undertaken on 2 August 2017.
If you would like to see the range of species and numbers of plants available in the nursery, click on 'Nursery Stocktake August 2017' in the right hand column. All of these plants are native to the Enoggera catchment.
Record number of plants produced by SOWN in 2015/16
The SOWN nursery, in association with the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre (AGCC), GOSSIP (Aveo Retirement Village, Newmarket) and members home nurseries have produced a record 83,700 plants in 2015/16. This compares with a total of 67,700 plants produced in 2014/15.
Plants produced by the various sources in 2015/16 were as follows:
-- SOWN nursery 27,600 plants
-- AGCC program 40,700 plants
-- GOSSIP 11,000 plants
-- Home nurseries 4,400 plants
SOWN would like to thank all the nursery volunteers, GOSSIP participants and AGCC inmates who have contributed to this record plant output. SOWN nursery volunteers contributed 2580 hours in 2015/16. This is up from 2250 hours in 2014/15. The important role played by inmates at the AGCC in supporting SOWN activities is also clear from the figures.
Dick Harding and Lynn Swan have done a wonderful job in managing the SOWN nursery and the AGCC program and need to be specially thanked.
SOWN Nursery and Arthur Gorrie Correction Centre
The Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre (AGCC) Nursery project which was funded by a Grant from Brisbane City Council is now supporting SOWN's propagation program and adding to the existing nursery production of indigenous species. This is greatly increasing the number of plants available to members and providing considerable numbers to other similar bushcare groups throughout SEQ.
The project provides new skills and activities to inmates while increasing the supply of local native plants to other bushcare/habitat sites within the Enoggera, Ithaca and Fish Creek Catchments and to other not-for-profit bushcare groups throughout SEQ.
The objective for the AGCC operation was to increase the diversity of local native species and to increase production from 30,000 to 60,000 plants. The project met this objective. AGCC produced over 60,000 plants in 2012/13, including 55,439 plants which were delivered from AGCC and stock at AGCC was increased by about 7,000 plants. The project fostered a long term collaboration and partnership with all stakeholders.
SOWN has several very good partners who are now using these plants and we are seeking several more.
Since its inception this project has increased the supply of locally native plants from 30,000 plants per annum to in excess of 90,000. SOWN Nursery propagates approx. 30,000 plants per year and the AGCC Sown Partnership has produced 60,000 additional plants.
Because this pilot project operated during 2012/13 there are now 60,000 more plants in the ground in SEQ than otherwise would have been the case.
The plants are able to be provided free to suitable groups as they are produced at an extremely low cost less than 15 cents per plants compared to a wholesale cost of $1.50 per plant.
The Enoggera Creek catchment has benefited by having additional bushcare areas regenerated.
Similar organisations throughout SE Qld, environmental education centres, a bird sanctuary and land for Wildlife properties have been able to receive plants in addition to those they would otherwise have acquired.
AGCC inmates receive training which can lead to them being able to obtain Certificates in Horticulture.
This project continues to produce upwards of 70,000 plants per year.
SOWN has received a grant under the Lord Mayor's Community Sustainability and Environmental Grants Program (ENV2392013) to assist with the administration and operating expenses of the nursery and our group. SOWN thanks the Brisbane City Council and the Gap Ward office for this generous grant that ensures we can maintain and promote SOWN activities for the following twelve months.