Posted: June 29th, 2018
PNG Flora To Be Showcased In Country’s Biggest Landscape Project
More than 12,000 Examples Of PNG’s Flora Are Currently Being Planted At The Star Mountain Plaza In Port Moresby As One Of The Nation’s Largest Ever Landscaping Projects Begins To Take Shape.
Landscape architect Louise Dunning told Post-Courier recently that the project was designed to create a rainforest oasis in the Nation’s Capital, culminating in the presentation of all the native plants and animals of PNG in one place.
This is being done to spruce up the outlying area of the almost complete Star Mountain Plaza in preparation for the November APEC – Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Summit.
“Our aim is to showcase the nation’s rich natural flora in the middle of Port Moresby to world leaders, business leaders and other international visitors for years to come.
“When completed, we will have created a landmark design which will showcase the rich, natural ecosystem of PNG to thousands of visitors who may not get a chance to venture beyond the city area,” said Ms Dunning.
It was explained that all plants that would be planted would be sourced from either PNG Gardener or Port Moresby Nature Park and that upon completion of the project, Star Mountain Plaza would be responsible for the plant life’s maintenance.
Ms Dunning said months of research and planning went into choosing the plants with the two mentioned nurseries growing thousands of shrubs and trees to fill their largest ever order.
“We travelled to areas such as Lake Kutubu to seek inspiration from locals on natural landscapes, endemic species and traditional methods of building and craftsmanship.
“We also spent several days consulting with a representative from the World Wildlife Fund to better understand PNG ecosystems,” she said.
Ms Dunning admitted that one of the biggest challenges would be in ensuring the plants receive sufficient water during establishment, in a country where water is at a premium.
The landscaping project began last month and shall unfold in 10 stages of planting.
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