The ANGAIR Wildflower Weekend and Art Show will be on Saturday, 20 and Sunday, 21 September, at the Anglesea Memorial Hall, Civic Centre Precinct, 1 McMillan St, Anglesea.
The wonderful heathlands and forests of Anglesea and Aireys Inlet are home to a great diversity of orchids and other flora. Each year in September, ANGAIR shows examples of the beautiful, spring flowers that bloom in our district, together with some native Australian plants from other regions.
Besides the exhibits, visitors can find out much about our environment and its flora and fauna from our knowledgeable members, who will be at the Show. For instance, you might have questions about our indigenous flowers: Where you can find them? What conditions do they grow in? How can you propagate them?
Bus tours and guided discovery rambles are available, to view our wildflowers in their natural habitat, and to appreciate their precious beauty. These activities are included in the entry fee – $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for concession-card holders and students; children under fourteen years have free entry.
The entry fee includes the Art Show, where the works of many artists, featuring different aspects of the natural environment, are on display.
ANGAIR thanks the Anglesea and District Community Bank, Branch of Bendigo Bank for generously sponsoring the Art Show, providing and the Best Exhibit and other awards. We also express our appreciation for the ongoing sponsorship and support of the Surf Coast Shire.
ANGAIR encourages youngsters to have an appreciation of our local environment through association with local primary schools, and attendees at school camps in the area. At the Show, we offer some exciting, relevant projects to capture young peoples’ interest.
Roberto of The Connies – http://www.connies.com.au – will be with us again to entertain you and your children with his knowledge, and information cards depicting a huge range of south-east Australian flora and fauna.
Along with the flora and art displays, there will be craft stalls, information about the environment, and a big selection of Indigenous Plants, grown by ANGAIR’s Propagating Group, and other indigenous plant nurseries, for sale – ask our plant specialists for advice on what to plant where. You can also exchange, for free, a weed for an indigenous plant. There is also a café for snacks and lunch.
Can you help?
The success of the Wildflower Weekend and Art Show depends on ANGAIR members, and their assistance in preparing and running the Show. We need help in the following activities, and the Show Committee would appreciate any contributions members could make.
Each year, we have a second-hand bookstall, where we sell books, unwanted by you, but wanted by others.
We have some books for the stall, but we’d love to have more – books on natural history subjects, such as birds, animals, weeds, native and indigenous plants/gardens, geology, environmental issues, bush walks etc. Sales of second-hand books provide funds for ANGAIR, which helps with our work of preserving the natural environment.
If you have some books that you would like to donate, please leave them at the ANGAIR Natural History Centre, or call Mandy on 0403 136 670 for collection.
Helen Tutt, Chris Morrissey and Winsome Coutts