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21 April 2010
Environment Protection Minister Peter Garrett will plant Canberra's first centenary flower, Correa 'Canberra Bells' at the Australian National Botanic Gardens today.
Joined by ACT Senator Kate Lundy and Centenary of Canberra Creative Director Ms Robin Archer, Mr Garrett said the planting was part of the build up to Canberra's 100th anniversary celebrations in 2013.
"The Correa 'Canberra Bells' is the official native plant chosen to commemorate this historic occasion," Mr Garrett said.
"The Gardens is a great location for the first permanent display of this beautiful flower. Each year more than 400,000 people visit the Gardens giving us the chance to showcase this new correa."
Mr Garrett said today's planting also celebrated the close relationship between the ACT Government, the Australian National Botanic Gardens, the ACT branch of the Australian Native Plants Society and the local nursery industry.
"Correa 'Canberra Bells' is an attractive, hardy shrub, which features two-tone, red and cream bell-like flowers," Mr Garrett said.
"It flowers throughout autumn, which means it will add a flourish of colour to local gardens during the peak of Canberra's birthday celebrations in March 2013.
"The correa's name was chosen from over 250 suggestions by a panel including ACT Government staff and representatives from the Australian Native Plants Society, Australian National Botanic Gardens and Yarralumla Nursery.
"Local media personality and native plant enthusiast Ian Warden also helped us judge the entries."
Bywong Nursery, owned and operated by Peter Ollerenshaw, has a special breeding program for new plant varieties and is propagating Correa 'Canberra Bells'.
Canberrans will be able to buy their own correa in 2012.
For more on the Australian National Botanic Gardens visit www.anbg.gov.au