Hello members and other readers,
Even though our garden tends to look its best in Spring it has been able to showcase a few plants in bloom during the Summer. One of our favourites, Banksia occidentalis is in lovely bloom now
and our Banksia serrata has given us an ongoing display.
We even had an unexpected visitor to our garage. I relocated him to the driveway near our garden and he was soon off to explore. Since then he has been seen in various parts of the garden over the Summer.
2018 Calendar of Events
Our committee took a well earnt rest for a while but has been busy sorting out the details of our 2018 program, which again features some excellent speakers and some interesting excursion venues. The details of our first few meetings and excursions plus our Annual Plant Sale are as follows. If you have something in bloom make sure you take a cutting and bring it along to the plant table at any of our meetings.
Tuesday 20th February
7:00pm for a 7:30pm start at Benton Square Community Centre
Topic: The Ties That Bind – the Role of Fungi in Ecosystems
Speaker: Sapphire McMullan Fisher, Coordinator Fungimap/Mycologist RBG Melbourne
Saturday 17th March
10:30am at Austplant, Purves Road, Arthurs Seat
Topic: Workshop on native plant maintenance
Tuesday 17th April
2:00pm for 2:30pm start at Benton Square Community Centre
Topic: Tootgarook Swamp
Speaker: Cameron Brown, President of Save Tootgarook Swamp
Saturday 5th May
10:30am – 3:30pm at Seawinds, Arthurs Seat
Annual Plant Sale
For the full program click on the Calendar tab at the top of this page. Do note that a few dates are lacking some details. As things are finalised the Calendar will be regularly updated.
Plant of the month : February
Although small and delicate we were very pleased to see a recently planted Melaleuca thymifolia in flower on our return from our holiday. The flower is a pale pink and soft to touch. It is handling reasonably clayish soil.
Don’t forget every month I am looking for photos of plants that members have in bloom in their garden. So feel free to email photos to email@example.com and include Attention: Mark Allison in the subject line. Please keep file sizes to less than 1Mb. Thanks.
Look forward to seeing you during the year.