Berhampore Nursery Open Day

9 April 2013

Next Saturday (20 April) keen gardeners and people with an interest in plants will get their once-a-year chance to take a look around our Berhampore Nursery.

Gardener at Berhampore Nursery.

Gardener at Berhampore Nursery

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They can also do their bit towards saving at least two of Wellington’s threatened coastal plant species - Euphorbia glauca and Melicytus crassifolius.

Nursery Manager Nicky OliverSmith says this year’s theme is ‘Under Threat’ and visitors will be able to buy both plants - along with a lot of other native and exotic plants.

The blue foliage and red flowers of Euphorbia glauca can be seen in city plantings and in revegetation projects along the coastline.

Nicky says Melicytus crassifolius is also being replanted along the coast. It is a small shrub that grows like a springy mat and provides a safe habitat particularly for lizards.

Visitors to the open day will be able to learn more about the role of the nursery in protecting threatened species. Local community groups will provide displays and a series of talks will cover threatened plants, birds, reptiles and insects, and how to provide habitat/food in a small home garden.

The open day runs from 10am - 2pm. Berhampore Nursery, in Emerson Street, grows 100,000 plants a year for Council reserves, gardens and community restoration projects.

For more information, phone (04) 499 4444 or visit:

Berhampore Nursery