NY00034 - Improving Nursery Industry awareness about Garden Escapees

Many weeds in Australia impacting on farming and natural ecosystems have escaped from gardens. These plants often escape when people dump garden waste into bushland and forest areas, over the back fence and down drains. Educating gardeners through nurseries and the horticulture media is a high priority. Raising awareness about garden waste disposal will help reduce the invasion of weeds. Increasingly, people are ordering seeds etc from overseas via the internet some of which maybe missed by quarantine when they arrive at the A ustralian border. Education about how to avoid importing dangerous plants is also an important issue.