Arboretum Cafe now OPEN!

The Arboretum Cafe is open! Come and get your coffee, muffins, and lunch snacks and sit in the sun. Take-away only; enter via the Pod Playground side. Read too about Mothers Day in the Discovery Garden, thanks to Ginger Catering. Susan Parsons' article from The Canberra Times can be read below.


Interesting articles from FACTT #8

This week’s short note on araucariaceae takes us back in time. If we were to step out of the Tardis we would find large trees quite similar to some of those mentioned here. There are quite a few forests of araucaria growing in the Arboretum, including Parana Pine, Monkey Puzzle trees, Kauri pines, Bunya pines ... I've often wondered how the Monkey Puzzle Tree came to be so named. Read about it below!


Interesting article from FACTT #5

We hope to keep you indoors for a moment or two longer as you read this short piece about Cypress Pine. It is a species with which we are all familiar with its attractive knotty flooring in older houses. The timber of the genus is characterised as being resistant to termites but is out-competed for commercial wood production by the remarkable Pinus radiata. This week's article on Cupressaceae is here.


4000 new trees to be planted - 23 April 2020, Canberra Times

According to The Canberra Times, 4000 new trees are to be planted in Canberra's suburbs as part of the corona virus stimulus plan. You can read the article below. The number of trees planted as part of the government's Autumn tree planting program has more than doubled this year as part of the stimulus, rising from 1500 planted last year to 4000. The trees will be planted across 87 suburbs in Canberra that have been suggested by community members in consultations held last year. The Arboretum is probably not included in these tree plantings, but any additional tree plantings are welcome!


Interesting articles from FACTT

Thanks to Steve Thomas from Friends of ACT Trees, we have some interesting articles on our local trees. Steve is releasing one a week, so we have three to catch up on. Steve asks us to note that the contributions are rough and ready notes - if more expert people find an error please send a correction as Steve welcomes any exchanges for subsequent notes. The first article is about the genus Casuarinaceae. In the second article, Steve discusses three of the four genera of Casuarinaceae. The third article is about two local types of Casuarina.


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