Salvation Army staff and volunterers Mal Nienhuis, Letisha Hughes, Daniel Gover and Jeanette Parsons prepare for the pop-up store at Riverlink this week.
Salvation Army staff and volunterers Mal Nienhuis, Letisha Hughes, Daniel Gover and Jeanette Parsons prepare for the pop-up store at Riverlink this week. David Nielsen

Watch them grow this Christmas thanks to Salvos

Some pop-up stores in shopping centres may look as though they are growing like weeds, but the Salvation Army has one that is coming up gerberas.

The 'Watch Them Grow' nursery at Riverview will be at Riverlink on Thursday and Friday, with a range of indoor and outdoor plants, all propagated and grown locally.

Jeanette Parsons, horticulturist and nursery manager for the Salvation Army, said the plants were specifically chosen for their local suitability.

"We grow and propagate our own stocks, so they are adapted to local conditions, they are not just plants that have been shipped in,” Mrs Parsons said.

The pop-up nursery will be open from 9am to 9pm Thursday and Friday, staffed by volunteers from the Salvation Army and Rotary Club of Ipswich.

"I want to thank all the volunteers for giving up their time close to Christmas, and everyone who supports us, all the money raised will go to Salvation Army projects.”

Mrs Parsons said there will be yellow and pink gerberas, as well as ficus, xanadu and cordylines all 'pretty, cheap and alive'.

"We got damaged in the storm on Sunday, windows were broken, we lost some plants, but our undercover stock survived.

"We chose hardy species with a good survival rate, these will make great living Christmas presents.”



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