Canberra Centenary plant's Tasmanian roots Tue 8 May 2012 Premier The Premier, Lara Giddings, today congratulated innovative Tasmanian company, Plant Management Australia for its role in developing the official plant of Canberra's Centenary. I have written to all Premiers and chief ministers encouraging them to plant"Canberra Bells" in their states and territories ahead of the Capital's Centenary celebrations next year. "Only a very special plant would be fit to commemorate an occasion such as the Centenary of Canberra, and now, the release of the beautiful correa "Canberra Bells" means every Australian has the opportunity to share in the celebrations, with a little piece of the Centenary in their very own garden," Ms Giddings said. "Tasmania has a special connection to "Canberra Bells" through local company Plants Management Australia, which has been heavily involved in the development, marketing and distribution of the new variety. "Working from small offices at Dodges Ferry, PMA have carved out a niche working with plant breeders around Australia on everything from trialling new varieties of plants to providing advice on securing intellectual property. "PMA was named the 2011 Telstra Tasmanian Business of the Year for their innovation in this growing market, where everyone is on the look-out for the next big thing in backyard gardening." Ms Giddings said the new variety of correa was hybridised by experienced native plant breeders, Peter and Jennifer Ollerenshaw of Bywong Nursery near Canberra. "Organisers originally considered the Centenary Rose but it was agreed a native plant would be a more appropriate symbol for the 'Bush Capital'. "The hardy shrub features two-tone, red and cream bell-shaped flowers that will attract nectar-feeding birds. Canberra Bells flowers throughout autumn and will add a flourish of colour to gardens for Canberra's official birthday in March each year. "The correa's drought and frost tolerance make it perfect for Tasmanian conditions and I look forward to seeing it in full flower at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens."