Three-day webinar on Eucalypts

Two experts on Eucalyptus trees will be presenting a transcontinental, 3-day webinar (15-17 July) on the world’s commonly grown eucalypts. Dr. Matt Ritter, from San Luis Obispo, California, and Dr. Dean Nicolle, from Adelaide, Australia, will give a comprehensive overview of this fascinating genus of over 800 species. The course will meet for two hours a day for three days and cover all aspects of Eucalyptus biology.

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Black Mountain - a new publication

Black Mountain: a natural history of a Canberra icon, written by Ian Fraser and Rosemary Purdie with Friends of Black Mountain is a new publication to celebrate 50 years since Black Mountain became a conservation reserve. Pre-order now and get $10 off the Recommended Retail Price!

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Of Interest at STEP - July 2020

There were even more than these flowering plants to showcase in the STEP Forest this month, so it was a case of choosing which photos came out best - the blues and indigos are this month's 'colour'! Have a look at the images linked below and then go and spot them for yourself in the STEP Forest.

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Friends' AGM 2020 - Chair's Report

The Friends' AGM was held today, 30 June 2020. Thank you to all who attended. The Agenda, draft minutes of the 2019 AGM, audited Financial Statements for 2019 and Treasurer's Report are available elsewhere on the website. Here is the Chair's Report for the 2019 year and beyond.

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Interesting article from FACTT #11

This is likely to be the last Interesting Article from FACTT - Steve Thomas's expertise is needed elsewhere, now that lock-down is over and life is opening up. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Steve for his online learning sessions for us and increasing our knowledge of so many different types of trees!

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Scott Saddler AM

Friends congratulate Scott Saddler AM, Senior Director, National Arboretum Canberra, for his award of Member of the Order of Australia, specifically for significant service to public administration, and as a supporter and mentor of Indigenous youth. A very well deserved honour!

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Arboretum - Information Update

This Saturday, 6 June 2020: The Village Centre will be open; Volunteer Guides will meet and greet visitors; Arboretum-related questions welcome! Ginger Catering will be serving take-away and also providing seated service for to up to 20 people in three separate areas: the north deck, the south deck and inside the Village Centre; and the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection will reopen. There will be maximum of 20 people at a time (excluding staff) and one-way traffic has been implemented to facilitate social distancing. Wonderful news!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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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