A gardener’s delight

A gardener’s delight

Residential gardeners will be able to learn a lot about tending to their yard at the Perth Garden Festival next weekend.

Home gardeners wanting the latest information on problem plant pests and diseases could catch up with biosecurity experts at the upcoming Perth Garden Festival.

The festival runs from April 27 to 30 and will feature staff rom the Department of Agriculture and Food who will be available to talk about matters including tomato potato psyllid, European wasp and tools to report pests.

Department senior researcher Dr Darryl Hardie said home gardeners could discuss priority plant pests and would be shown how they could support the West Australian agricultural industry.

“Perth has recently had an incursion of the tomato potato psyllid, which attacks a range of vegetable crops,” Dr Hardie said.

“Home gardeners in Perth need to be aware that movement restrictions are in place for a range of vegetables such as tomato, capsicum, chilli, eggplant and tamarillo to help stop the spread of this pest.”

The event would feature displays including European wasp nests, tomato potato psyllid surveillance traps and examples of pests home gardeners should watch out for.

The festival will be held in Victoria Park’s McCallum Park from 9am to 4pm each day.

Tickets were $20 for adults and $14 for concession card holders.

Entry was free for children under 18-years-old.

Online early bird tickets were $18 for adults and $12 for concession card holders before April 24.