The Vic Alps Nursery has completed many successful planting and rehabilitation projects at Victoria's alpine areas. The Nursery has pioneered production methods of alpine wetland species to restore alpine mossbeds that have been damaged by a range of natural and imposed events. The pictures displayed above show restoration work and planting at bogs (wetland sites) on the Bogong High Plains, Mt Loch, and the Fainters as well as plants being airlifted to the Fainter sites.
The Vic Alps Nursery propagates a large diversity of alpine and sub-alpine species and will accept orders for tube stock for any project in any alpine area in mainland Australia.
The nursery is able to grow for all of the Alpine resorts in Victoria and NSW, whether the projects are ski run rehabilitation, large off set sites for commercial developments, or small reveg projects around private lodges.
If you would like alpine specimens in your garden at home, there are a number of alpine and sub-alpine species that the nursery propagates that will grow very well in lowland gardens.
No order is too large or small for the nursery.
Mt Hotham Alpine Resort
"The Mt Hotham Resort Management Board’s revegetation team works very closely with the Mt Hotham Vic Alps Nursery sourcing material and seed to produce plants for the Board’s rehabilitation projects. The production of healthy robust plants that are ready right when we need them is crucial to the success of each project and the nursery comes through every time.
My years of on-the-ground experience in Alpine rehabilitation, combined with a close association with the nursery staff has meant that we have been able to develop a species list that fulfils Hotham's diversity requirements and is tailor made to our specific sites. Success of environmental rehabilitation in harsh alpine conditions depends on applied knowledge, the quality of the work and the health of the plant tubestock.
The Vic Alps Nursery was established under a charter that stipulated propagation of healthy, weed-free plants that are provenance specific and the nursery maintains those standards. The nursery staff is consistently reliable and helpful and importantly share our passion for the alps."
Bev Lawrence, Environmental Officer, Mt Hotham Resort Management Board
Mt Buller and Mt Stirling Alpine Resort Management Board
"Mt Buller and Mt Stirling Alpine Resort Management Board is committed to a long-term major revegetation project to assist in the recovery of Mountain Pygmy-possum habitat. This could not be achieved without the plants provided by Annie and the team at the Alpine Nursery.
Over the past 3 years, over 30,000 plants have been supplied to the Resort Management Board by the nursery. These alpine plants are difficult to propagate and cover a range of species varying from Mountain Plum Pine (Podocarpus lawrencei) and Candle Heath (Richea continentis), to Tasman Flax-lily (Dianella tasmanica) and Scaly Everlasting (Ozothamnus hookeri).
We have experienced minimal losses due to the superior quality of plants, and the robustness of local genetic provenance. Annie and members of her team visit the area to collect seeds and cuttings, and tend the plants at every stage with unsurpassed expertise and utmost care. Our deliveries are always on time, and our working relationship reflects the passion that we all have for our terrific Australian Alpine environment."
Lou Perrin Enviro Officer Mt Buller RMB
Kosciuszko National Park & Wildlife Service
“The Vic Alps Nursery, now part of the Mt Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board, plays an essential role in protecting and repairing the Australian Alps. As a person that has spent a lot of time propagating and growing Australian alpine plants, I know the difficulties and time it can take to produce good seedlings for use in the rehabilitation of degraded alpine areas. The Vic Alps Nursery produces the largest range of top quality plants for revegetation of the Australian Alps.
As Rehabilitation Officer for NPWS of NSW I am involved in a lot of different projects in the Alps:
• The rehabilitation of the former construction sites of the Snowy Hydro-electric scheme
• Rehabilitation of Perisher resort,
• Kosciusko Summit walking track
• Habitat repair for threatened species
All of these projects require plants that are robust and healthy for the rehabilitation to be successful. The Vic Alps Nursery has provided plants of excellent quality for these projects and has significantly contributed to the success of the rehabilitation works. I encourage both individuals and organisations that operate or recreate in the Australian Alps to purchase plants for landscape repair and seek advice where necessary. The Australian Alps are still recovering from 200+ years of unnatural disturbances and these mountains need as many good, endemic plants as they can get!"
Liz MacPhee, Rehabilitation Officer, Kosciuszko NP & WS
“Dinner Plain Alpine Village is located in the Victorian alpine region approximately 50 kilometres north west of Omeo. The village is home to some of the rarest plant communities in Australia and maintaining a healthy environment is a key priority requiring specialist knowledge and skill. The Vic Alps Nursery at Ovens provides a valuable resource for ensuring revegetation and landscaping projects are effective and lasting. The production of alpine plants requires collection of seed and propagation material, establishment in specific conditions and a high level of supervision and care. Only the Vic Alps Nursery at Ovens has the passion, facilities and in depth knowledge required to produce healthy alpine plant stock. The Alpine Shire will continue to support the Vic Alps Nursery at Ovens to ensure the alpine environment remains healthy and vibrant.”
Simon Jones, Strategic Projects Officer, Alpine Shire Council