FTS Nursery

View from the potting shed.

View from the potting shed.

Free Tree Society’s nursery is located on Jalan Limau Purut in Bangsar (opposite the Bangsar Aman apartments; please go to ‘Contact Us’ to view a Google Map). We don’t have a street number so keep a lookout for the green Balinese flags that adorn our site.

 

Seedlings

Seedlings

We received the keys to our nursery from our generous sponsors, BRDB, in September 2013. There’s lots of work to be done to turn the site into a magical and lush garden that we hope will inspire others, and fulfill our goal of fostering a love of nature and the environment.

Already we’ve had many visitors from the neighbourhood pop by with kind words, promises to volunteer, and, even better, gifts of plants and seeds!

We look forward to nurturing this community spirit and watching it grow.

 

Painting the potting table.

Painting the potting table.

Baida Planting

Getting sweaty at the ‘Mandi Bunga’ moving in ceremony on 7/7, where each of the 7 members each planted a scented, flowering plant.

In December 2013 we added a few improvements to the nursery. Freudenberg helped to dig and install a pond in just one day!

This pond is a beautiful addition to the nursery and is especially loved by visiting children who love to observe the dragonflies and fish (we have guppies, goldfish, a fighting fish and others). It is stocked with a range of water plants like hyacinths, water canna, pegaga, arrowhead, typha, water cabbage, and duckweed.

We built a pond in just 1 day!

We built a pond in just 1 day!

Then, in January 2014, under the MALAKOFF Leadership program, engineering students from UNITEN helped to build a rainwater harvester, hand rails, garden table and a seed depository.

Rainwater Harvester

Rainwater harvester for a free, clean water source for our pond and plants.

Handrail Project

Handrail

Seed Depository

Seed Depository

Picnic Table

Picnic Table with succulents growing in a central trough.

In February 2014, volunteers Gillie and Reid built a party sized BBQ to use for cookouts at future giveaways and planting days.

Building the BBQ.

Building the BBQ.

Next on the list was a composter for breaking down all our green waste. This was completed in April 2014.

A big, heavy duty 3-bay composter.

A big, heavy duty 3-bay composter.

Still to go, paths and landscaping. We won’t stop until the whole nursery is gorgeous and inspiring. Watch this space!

Landscaping around the BBQ area.

Landscaping around the BBQ area.

September 2014 Update

We’ve added a sunshine garden to our nursery and this is where we have created a Fairy Garden for the children to play in.

Laying out the 'sunshine'.

Laying out the ‘sunshine’.

 

Just a few months later.

Just a few months later.

The fairy garden has a dragon living in a cave!

The fairy garden has a dragon living in a cave!

FTS's fairy garden.

FTS’s fairy garden.

We continue to landscape. we’ve landscaped about 50% of the garden. There seems like so much to go but we are already reaping the benefits from what has been planted – we have an abundance of cuttings, seeds and we are also being rewarded with fruit! Our pink guava, lime, musk orange and passion fruit plants all produced. The papaya plant turned out to be a male with a profusion of flowers.

It is now October 2014 and we have completed our pop-up store (and stocked it with a small range of garden equipment and fertilizers and pesticides) and the back paths.

The 'pop-up' store.

The ‘pop-up’ store.

 

Some of the carefully selected products we have for sale.

Some of the carefully selected products we have for sale.

 

Opening up new areas to landscape after building paths and planted boxes.

Opening up new areas to landscape after building paths and planted boxes.

Thank you for your support....

Thank you for your support….

 

February 2015, we installed an irrigation system to help our Water Goddesses with their requisite watering tasks. The bigger our nursery grows and the more plants we have the tougher their job gets – watering was taking almost 2 hours! The 4 separate systems cover the whole nursery and keep ensure our plants stay lush and green.

 

Irrigation System

Irrigation System

irrigation

0 Next project is the Wilderness Garden. Watch this space.