Wildflower weekend a kid’s paradise

Kids of all ages are invited to discover the wonders of wildflowers and enjoy interactive activities, entertainment from popular performers ‘The Connies’ and more at this weekend’s Anglesea Wildflower Show.

The blue pincushion, one of the many examples on display at this year's Anglesea Wildflower Show. Photo: REBECCA HOSKING
The blue pincushion, one of the many examples on display at this year’s Anglesea Wildflower Show. Photo: REBECCA HOSKING

A smorgasbord of family fun will be on offer including hands on ‘build a nesting box’ and ‘pot-up a plant’ activities and the opportunity to collect special ANGAIR swap-cards designed just for the event.

The Connies, a collective of tram conductors, performers, educators, ecologists and nature lovers, create and distribute collectable cards that bring environmental, social, historic and cultural themes to the community.

Connies member Roberto D’Andrea said the group has performed at the ANGAIR Wildflower Show since 2007 and this year people can collect up to 30 cards each.

“This year we will launch two new ANGAIR cards, the ANGAIR Mosaic card and a Grass Tree card.

“You can also collect cards featuring local coast care species, wetland, shorebird and woodland birds, frogs, native fish, aquatic invertebrates, butterflies, reptiles, mammals and marsupials,” he said.

“Wathaurong Indigenous social history, bush food and medicine plant cards will also feature this year,” said Mr. D’Andrea

Roberto D'Andrea from 'The Connies' speaking at a previous event. Photo:  PHIL WIERZBOWSKI
Roberto D’Andrea from ‘The Connies’ speaking at a previous event. Photo: PHIL WIERZBOWSKI

ANGAIR committee member and show convener Chris Morrissey said hands-on, educational experiences like the ones on offer over the weekend had a  greater impact on children than someone just talking to them.

“The build a nesting box activity teaches children how to handle wood materials correctly and the nesting box they make will help our local wildlife.

“Wildlife are losing their habitats and nesting places with the loss of trees so children can take their nesting box and put them on their house or on a tree in their backyard,” she said.

Ms. Morrissey said the pot-up a plant activity will teach children to be aware of the indigenous plants in Anglesea.

“Hopefully, when the children take home a plant and look after it they will be able to recognise the same plants growing naturally when they are out and about in the bush,” she said.

The show will feature spectacular displays of native flowers and local artwork and is sponsored by The Anglesea & Community Bank Branch, Bendigo Bank and The Surf Coast Shire.

The event runs from 10am – 4:30pm on Saturday 21and Sunday 22 September at the Anglesea Memorial Hall in McMillan Street.

Entry is $5 for adults, $2 for pensioners and free for children.

For more information contact Show Convener, Chris Morrissey on 5263 3131.

This story appeared in The Surf Coast Times Green the Coast Column.

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