Food and Invasive Species

Inside this Wardian case are examples of plants used for farming to cater for the diet of the Victorian British immigrants in Australia. You will also find bramble, an invasive species which was introduced from Britain, and is still causing huge problems across Australia today.


A vigorous, spreading bush with large, pale green berries (late July) which are good for both culinary and dessert use. Gooseberries are easy to grow shrubs for any size garden and are usually the first bush fruit to be picked.


Long, scarlet stems that have a deliciously sweet taste. Though an old variety, it is easy to grow. Perfect for fertile, well-drained areas of the vegetable garden or allotment, once planted it should not be moved and appreciates a generous annual mulch of well-rotted compost or manure.


Producing a bumper crop of tasty fruits early in the season, this raspberry is noted for its tolerance to poor soils as well as its excellent disease resistance. Each plump, flavoursome berry is large, and firm and they are excellent for eating fresh, or making jams.


Bramble is an invasive species introduced from Britain, which is still causing huge problems across Australia today. It has long thorny stems and dark green leaves that produce blackberries in late July.


Our Food and Invasive Species Wardian Case is thanks to Riverside Garden Centre. Just a short walk away across the river, Riverside have provided the plants in this case and all the peat-free compost to help us tell the story of plants crossing continents.

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