Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Rocky's Roma St Parklands; Neil Fisher's Focus on Gardening

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Rocky's Roma St Parklands; Neil Fisher's Focus on Gardening

Article excerpt

THIS week I had the chance to visit the Roma Street Parklands. On a very hot day by Brisbane standards there were thousands of people enjoying these facilities.

Rockhampton Regional Council is about to start work on the central precinct of the Kershaw Gardens. Most gardeners will remember that Kershaw Gardens was devastated by the cyclone - the redeveloped Kershaw Gardens will give Rockhampton it's very own Roma Street Parklands

The key feature of the central precinct of the Kershaw Gardens is a shallow water play area.

That is designed to represent the Fitzroy River with its crossings and features like the Barrage.

One of the most asked garden questions about the redeveloped Kershaw Gardens is will the emphasis on Australian native plants disappear?

While the planting plans have not been finalised the interdiction of exotic plants would be unacceptable to many sections of the gardening community.

Then when you consider that growing within the Fitzroy River system the unique variety of Australian native plants that can provide colour mass flowering displays throughout the year.

Added to these blooms these plants will provide the addition of an array of different bird life to Kershaw Gardens. Plants like the acacia podlayriifolia, or the Mount Morgan Wattle or the Queensland Silver Wattle.

That is best described as a fast growing small tree or large shrub, with beautiful rounded silvery-grey foliage and gold ball flowers that mass over the plant in winter, making it an ideal feature plant in most gardens.

The Callistemon viminalis Dawson River can be found in gardens across the world yet this floral emblem of the Banana Shire is still a favourite of Queensland gardeners. Callistemon viminalis Dawson River is a medium to tall shrub with narrow foliage and an extreme weeping habit.

Clusters of red flowers will appear in spring and autumn that are very bird-attractive. It will grow in most positions but thrives in black soils and is best pruned after flowering. …

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