Australian National Botanic Gardens welcomes Wattle Day

_Acacia pycnantha_ Golden wattle at the Australian National Botanic Gardens

It’s the first day of spring and for many of us that means hayfever – but you don’t have to worry about wattles according to the Gardens’ own Murray Fagg.

“Wattles have a bad reputation, but it’s not the pollen of the wattle that causes most hay fever,” he told the ABC.

“A lot of the pollen that’s causing allergies are actually grass pollen, which is a much finer pollen and floats around a lot. People don’t see the grass in flower, so they blame the next best thing - the poor wattle!” he said.

The Gardens always welcomes the first day of spring by celebrating National Wattle Day. Acacia pycantha, commonly known as the golden wattle, has been the official floral emblem of Australia since 1989 but National Wattle Day has been around for a lot longer than that – Australians first started honouring their favourite golden blooms with a national day of celebration back in 1901!

Wattles are actually quite diverse and the Gardens has around 700 species of wattle in its unique collection of native plants. So to celebrate the first week of spring, why not learn more about the golden wattle and its rich history by joining a free guided walk at the Gardens, from 1 to 7 September at 11am daily.