21 June 2010

NCA plants another Hebe

| johnboy
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The National Capital Authority is letting us know that their efforts to grow hebe down the middle of Anzac parade (to commemorate the NZ in Anzac) are ongoing:

The National Capital Authority will today begin trialling new varieties of New Zealand Hebe on Anzac Parade.

The Hebe plants are located in 28 planter beds along the central strip of Anzac Parade.

The current variety of Hebe, ‘Autumn Glory’, has struggled in the Canberra climate and is no longer readily available in the volume required.

In April 2009, the NCA announced the start of a search for a new Hebe. That selection process identified six new varieties of New Zealand native Hebe which will be trialled to test their comparative suitability.

“We have worked closely with the New Zealand High Commission and have also received independent advice about appropriate varieties of Hebe for the trial. “

“In January 2011 we will assess each of the six trial varieties to identify which is best suited for long-term use in the Anzac Parade planter beds” said Ms Walker-Kaye.

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Trunking symbols4:54 am 22 Jun 10

When I saw the heading of this story I almost lost my breath. Hebe is a racial slur in the US referring to the Jewish and was quite often used by Archie Bunker on the TV show All In the Family in the 1970s. Before this posting I was completely unaware it was also a plant.

Yes i have been wondering what has been happening with the Hebe on Anzac Parade for some time now.

I think they should replace it with community permaculture gardens.

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