Growing Native Plants
2001 has been declared the International Year of Volunteers (IYV) by the United Nations, with the support and participation of countries all around the world. The purpose of the IYV is to celebrate the vital contribution of volunteers to all aspects of community life and to recognise the extent, diversity and value of the work volunteers do.
The IYV seeks to encourage the promotion of volunteering and the wide range
of volunteer opportunities that can provide enduring benefits to each volunteer
participant and to their communities.
The development of Helichrysum 'Helping Hand' as the floral emblem of the International Year of Volunteers has been a partnership between the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra and Volunteering ACT. The Gardens is Australia's premier native plant botanic garden and has an active volunteer program. Volunteering ACT assists the ACT community by referring volunteers and providing development opportunities for volunteers and those involved in their management.
Helichrysum 'Helping Hand' will be released through State and Territory Volunteering Centres from November 2001.
Contact your local centre by phone on 1300 654 643 or call Volunteering ACTon (02) 6251 4060.
'Helping Hand' grows best in full sun or semi-shade, in well-drained soil. It is also suitable for pot cultivation.
Keep the soil damp, but not wet, by deep weekly watering (more often in summer).
Allow the foliage to dry completely between waterings and do not water open flowers (water early in the morning when the flowers are closed if you can).
Fertilise with a slow-release fertiliser suitable for native plants.
Prune lightly after flowering to encourage new growth.
Helichrysum 'Helping Hand' is a registered cultivar with the Australian Cultivar Registration Authority (ACRA).