Yarralumla Nursery thanked for its contribution to the National Arboretum

Released 01/02/2013

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today thanked the staff of Yarralumla Nursery for their contribution in sourcing and supplying plants for the National Arboretum of Canberra.

"Since it was established by Charles Weston in 1914, Yarralumla Nursery has been the point of origin for most of the shrubs, trees and grasses throughout Canberra's beautiful landscapes. It has continued its important role in the development of the National Arboretum," Mr Rattenbury said.

"Yarralumla Nursery has been researching, sourcing, growing and supplying plants for the Arboretum since its inception. This has involved supplying over 50,000 trees, most of which are rare and endangered.

"Yarralumla Nursery is also involved in the challenging but exciting and very rewarding task of sourcing trees throughout Australia for ceremonial plantings such as the Field Maple planted by Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and the New Zealand Kauri planted by John Key, the Prime Minister of New Zealand.

"Many of the trees planted at the Arboretum are threatened species sourced from diverse climates from around the world that previously had not been grown in the ACT. This required significant research to ensure the species would germinate, with some species taking up to 12 months with specialised treatment to break their dormancy.

"Working in partnership with the Arboretum, Yarralumla Nursery nurtured and cared for the young seedlings until they were hardy enough to adapt to Canberra's climate. This process could take up to four years.

"The plantings that Canberrans will be able to see at the Arboretum are the result of years of dedication, hard work and a successful ongoing working relationship between the Arboretum and Yarralumla Nursery.

"I congratulate Yarralumla Nursery for the crucial role they have played in shaping the Arboretum's landscape. I look forward to watching the trees continue to grow and change colours with the season.

"The Arboretum Opening Festival will be held tomorrow from 10 am to 3 pm and features a variety of entertainment and activities for people to enjoy, including guided walks of the site. For more information on the Arboretum's open day tomorrow, including transport information, please visit www.nationalarboretum.act.gov.au or call Canberra Connect on 13 22 81," Mr Rattenbury said.

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