Balhannah Nurseries supported bushfire-affected gardeners on Kangaroo Island again this year with the donation of 160 bare-rooted fruit trees, which arrived mid June.
A wonderful gift in a year which has been particularly busy for Balhannah Nurseries - they've had trouble supplying the retail trade with trees, as many people want to grow their own fruit, maybe due to COVID-19 and concerns about food security.
Last year, the nursery personally delivered 300 fruit trees and 100 ornamental trees, which got many gardeners started on replacing fruit trees lost in the fires.
This year wasn't quite so hectic, but Sophie Thomson came over for a weekend, bringing more donations.
These included 20 grafted trees from "Sophie's Patch", plus 230 native tubestock garden plants from Edinburgh Parks Nursery and 12 trays filled with punnets of vegetable and flower seedlings from Living Colour Nursery.
Sophie helped distribute the fruit trees from the "Super Shed" at Parndana - also chatting to people about planting new trees, keen to make sure that they were pruned well once planted!
Neutrog, another South Australian company that has supported KI gardeners several times since the fires has given several cartons of Seamungus and Gyganic fertiliser to help the trees off to a good start. - Anne Morrison, Kangaroo Island Garden Club