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 at right). Follow the road into Paten Park and we are at the end next to the Paten Park Native Nursery.

The plants available at the SOWN Nursery are constantly changing. Stocktakes are conducted from time to time. To look at the most recent list of the plants available, go to the Plants to Plant page on this web site.

The nursery opening hours are:

  • Saturdays 9.00am – 11.00am (volunteers on roster) – for pick up and drop off of plants, tubes and wire trays, tools and other equipment;
  • Wednesday 9.00am – 12.30pm – activities 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 Leo or John.

The SOWN Nursery is closed for approximately one week 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.

Would you like to know more? Click on this link to email SOWN.

The SOWN Nursery is located in Paten Park at 57 Paten Road The Gap

John Perkins demonstrates one of the three different-sized tree poppers available to borrow from the SOWN Nursery. PHOTO: Janet Mangan

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 graphic at the right 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.

Tools available for loan

Members are able to borrow tools from the SOWN Nursery on short term-loans. The tools are stored in the shed. You need to write your details and what you borrowed in the book. Tools are going in and out all the time so you may not always be able to get what you want. This list was compiled in 2022:

  • Rakes Plastic x 2
  • Rake Metal x 1
  • Shovel wide mouth short handle x 2
  • Broom x 4
  • Crowbar x 1
  • Bow saw x 5
  • Mulch rake x 3
  • Lopper x 4
  • Mulching fork x 3
  • Loppers x 4
  • High reach lopper x 1
  • Hand auger x 2
  • Mini picks x12
  • Shovel wide mouth long handle x 7
  • Tree popper large x1
  • Tree popper medium x 2
  • Tree popper small x 2
  • Tennon saw x 1
  • Rough cut saw x 1
  • Long handle pick x 1
  • Spray backpack x 2