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Drought-hit gardens green up thanks to donated plants

By Chrissy Arthur, Monday June 16, 2014 - 10:19 EST

Hundreds of pot plants and garden cuttings have been distributed to drought-affected gardeners in south-west Queensland.

The Green Thumb Express campaign started via social media earlier this year, seeking donations from city and coastal areas because gardens on rural properties were dying due to the drought.

Wendy Groves from Eromanga was one of those who received some donated plants over the weekend.

She says people are thankful the generosity of others will allow gardens to be re-established.

"When you are dealing with the dry, to come home to a green oasis is a pretty important thing for your mental wellbeing," she said.

"From such a simple idea, it has reached out across the state and touched so many people.

"You know, it is a new beginning. Everyone was positive after having that bit of rain and everyone will be able to get their garden beds ready."


- ABC

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