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Meet the master gardeners down under

February 22, 2019

The Lake Havasu City Master Gardeners will be hosting their “Meet the Master Gardeners” event on Saturday at the Mohave County Library, 1770 N. McCulloch Blvd. The free presentation will feature Dani Osborn from Australian Outback Plants, speaking on “The Impact of Australian Native Plants and Trees Along the Colorado River Region”.

The presentation will focus on the use of Australian Native plants that can be planted in the Lake Havasu area, as well as highlights of trips to Australia where the company has traveled into the bush to collect seed for these plants. This is a fun, interactive presentation with many slides depicting the plants in their native habitat to understand their growth habits and the benefits of being extremely drought tolerant. Plants will be available for viewing and sale after the presentation.

Dani Osborn has an extensive background in drought tolerant and native plants. With many years of experience with prominent San Diego County growers and landscape architects, she has been instrumental in introducing Australian native plants in the southwest desert regions. Now, as the Horticultural Sales Specialist for Australian Outback Plants, she is the representative to 135 Lowes stores in the southwest and speaks extensively to garden clubs and water companies.

An interesting fact about Australian Outback Plants, aside from their public retail sales, they are the number one provider for nutritional browse (zoo food) for koalas in the United States. They also provide browse for kangaroos, giraffes, elephants, wallabies, rhinoceros, and ant and stick insects. All nutritional browse is grown at the Australian Outback Plantation, the largest grower of Eucalyptus in the U.S. and is located outside of Tonopah.

For more information about Australian Outback Plants visit their website at australianoutbackplants.com. For information on the Mohave County Master Gardener Program, or the Meet the Master Gardener event, call 928-753-3788, or e-mail mohavemg@gmail.com.