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Growing wildflowers for profit

Central Tablelands Local Land Services is partnering with WildFlowers Australia and Landcare to host an information day on growing wildflowers commercially, coming up at the Orange Botanic Gardens on Tuesday 6 March.

“The information day will provide essential background for anyone interested in learning more about entering this industry,” said Senior Land Services Officer, Karen O’Malley.

“The wildflower industry grows and markets flowers and foliage from a wide range of Australian and closely related South African species for the floristry industry, and there are many species that could be successfully grown in our region.”

WildFlowers Australia (WFA), the national industry organization, supports communication and networking between growers, flower wholesalers, exporters and importers, buyers such as florists, and plant growers.

Local Land Services is working with WildFlowers Australia to provide local landholders with expert advice and information about the industry.

Guest speakers on the day will include Bettina Gollnow, Communications & Extension Manager with WildFlowers Australia, Ben McInnes from Brush Top Farm (grower and domestic wholesaler), and Craig Scott from East Coast Wildflowers.

Between them, Bettina, Ben and Craig have extensive experience in growing and selling a wide range of wildflower crops for both domestic and export markets, and in developing the broader wildflower.

The program on the day will provide participants with a realistic industry overview, profiling key markets, basic advice on managing wildflower crops, and the essentials for establishing a commercial farm.

While the program is targeted towards opportunities in the Central West and Central Tablelands, participants from further afield are welcome to attend.

Numbers are limited and registration is essential. Cost for the day is $40 and bookings should be made online at https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=340368

For more information or assistance with booking your place contact Karen O’Malley on 0428 103 665 or karen.omalley@lls.nsw.gov.au

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Media contact: Simone Norrie - Central Tablelands Local Land Services - 0419 648 813