U3A Trees of the Arboretum courses

There are still some vacancies for three upcoming Parts to a course on Trees of the Arboretum. Each Part gives information on around a quarter of our Arboretum tree species. The dates are as follows: Part 2: Mondays, 8 April to 20 May Part 3: Thursdays, 30 May to 4 July Part 4: Tuesdays, 23 July to 27 August The sessions run from 9:30 am to 11:30 am at Hughes Baptist Church. Two walks are included with each Part. If you are interested in attending, please contact Joanne Maples at [email protected] You need to be a current member of U3A to enrol.


Bonsai Week - 25-31 March 2019

This year, Bonsai Week at the National Arboretum celebrates women in Bonsai and the beauty of Bonsai across the world. There are Bonsai demonstrations, Discussion Forums and the premier event of Bonsai Week - Bonsai After Hours - Women in Bonsai. Plenty to learn - plenty to see! AND There is a 10% discount for all Bonsai Week paid events for Friends of the National Arboretum. For further details, see below.


Bee-Friendly Workshops - book now!

Our Bee Friendly workshops have been well attended. However, there are still a few places available for the BEE-FRIENDLY GARDEN WORKSHOP - 24 January - 5.30pm. Also - BEYOND HONEY has a few spaces left - Saturday 9 February. And last in our Bee series - HONEY APPRECIATION will educate you on Sunday 3 March 2019.


What's On at the Arboretum this summer!

There is so much happening at the Arboretum this summer - you'll never be lost for something to do - whether it's with kids, grandkids, friends, interstate or international visitors! During summer (December - February) there will be 1-hour Forest Walks departing from the Village Centre at 10.00am on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays (bring appropriate clothing, water, etc). There's also Self-Guided Forest Trails. What about Kite-Making? And a Bee-Friendly Gardens Workshop on 24 January.


Let's create the Friends' Zigzag Garden!

Currently committed: $8,065(@7 Jan 2019). Friends' Council wants to turn the group’s sights towards sponsorship of a Zigzag Garden in the Central Valley. Friends have chosen to sponsor Garden #19, the Saltbush Garden, along the Zigzag walkway of the Central Valley. It will make a stunning foreground vista looking towards the Village Centre and from it. Our aim is to raise $50,000 – the cost of this Garden. Launched at the 13 November Friends’ General Meeting, this major fund-raiser needs your help to make it a reality!


Harvest Group volunteers wanted!

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If you have been to the Arboretum in the last couple of weeks you will see that it is waking up. The cherry trees and the Callery Pears are just spectacular and the Discovery Garden is also a treat. Ange McNeilly who manages the garden has got it just beautiful at the moment. As we move towards summer we are looking for volunteers who might help Ange in the garden and/or would like to harvest figs or make jams and/or other preserves. Some of our jobs can be weekly but many are just before a Market Stall or if we have a glut of fruit or vegetables. It’s loads of fun!


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