The Heart of SOWN’s activities

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).

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?

Contact us to find out how you can be involved.

    Guide to volunteers on the Saturday morning Nursery Roster

   Download this PDF.


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.

These seedlings are ready to pot-on!