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Hunter Valley District Group


Upcoming meetings

Please contact the President, Mick Belcher, for details and information.

Beautiful native gardens and places to visit in the Hunter Valley

Keith and Judy in Bowman, near Barrington

Judy and Keith have a beautiful property with a mix of native and exotic plants as well as paddocks of orchids and violas!

Melaleuca nodosa

Ozothamnus disomifolius

Dockrillia schoenina/ Dendrobium schoeninum

Viola betonicifolia

Margaret Mitchell's garden in Aberdeen

Margaret's been planting natives for 40 years in Aberdeen, just west of Muswellbrook. it's a stunning display of native plants including many from Western Australia as well as those closer to home. 

Eucalyptus leucoxylon

Acacia denticulosa

Eremophila, Emu Bush

Melaleuca linariifolia 'Claret Tops'

Gymnostoma australianum, Daintree pine

Eucalyptus erythrocorys

Back garden view


Heather Miles' garden in Stanhope

Heather has a large native garden just north of Branxton in the foothills of the Lower Hunter. It's on a property of 100 acres, where there is much native bush and many trees have been planted in the areas previously cleared. 

Hardenbergia violacea

Eucalyptus leucoxylon

Doryanthes excelsa (Gymea lilies) and Westringia

Honeyeater on the Hakea francisciana

Front garden, with grevilleas, grass trees and Billy Buttons

Sunset in the garden

Views over Hunter Valley at dawn

Callistemon 'Rocky Rambler'

Hunter Region Botanic Garden

Located in Heatherbrae, near Newcastle, this garden is well worth a visit. Over 3,000 plant specimens, walking tracks, cafe and gift shop. Specimen plants are propagated by the volunteer staff and available for sale. The herbarium houses a reference library and herbarium staff will assist in plant identification. Volunteers welcome. See here for info.

Hoya macgillivrayi

Grevillea banksii

Homoranthus porteri

Hibiscus insularis

Jill and Les' garden, at Brandy Hill

Grevillea 'Molongolo'

Buckinghamia celsissima, Ivory Curl Tree

Grevillea 'Golden Lyre'


Ah Moi Tharmarajah's garden in Stanhope

An extensive garden for cut flowers as well as beauty in the foothills above Lambs Valley. 

Corymbia ficifolia, Flowering Gum

Habitat garden, loved by the birds

Stunning natural pond in the bushland

Pterostylis nutans, Greenhood orchid, 

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