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South Eastern Region District Group


Next Meeting

Saturday 6th April  2019 at 10.30am

Meeting  at the home of Geoff Lovie and Lesley Vincent

453 The Ridge Road, Surf Beach  (click here for map and directions)

President Dianne has arranged for members to visit this spectacular garden, sitting high on a ridge facing out to Batemans Bay. Lesley is a member of our Group, and also volunteers at the ERBG.

The following introduction, by Lesley, sets the scene for what should prove a delightfully educational day, highlighting gardening on a steep block.

Our home, completed in 2015, is situated on a NNE facing slope next to the Mogo State Forest. The three and a half acre block was in a partially cleared state when we purchased it some 15 years ago.                                           

The indigenous species on the block were primarily Eucalypts (predominantly Eucalyptus paniculata, Blackbutt), with Macrozamia communis, Acacia species and native grasses.  At the bottom of the block is the start of a dry rainforest gully, which we have left untouched.

 Geoff is an architect and I am a native plant enthusiast.                                                                  

In 2013, I completed a Certificate 3 in Horticulture in anticipation of moving to the coast and building our new house and garden.  Geoff designed and managed the construction of the house which nestles along the contours of the site and takes advantage of the northerly orientation with water views of Batemans Bay and the surrounding Eucalypt forest.

In Geoff’s words “This efficient house is set in about a NNE facing slope with views of majestic trees, big sky and ocean. It’s about landscape that wraps around it. There is prolific birdlife and nature. The house immerses the occupant in sun, sea air and the ever-changing views”.

As always, members are advised to bring morning tea and lunch..    

Wear sensible clothing and shoes suitable for the planned outdoor activities, and, a sunhat might be a wise inclusion to encourage fine, but not too hot, weather on the day.                                                                    

Note also that dogs are not permitted at APS activities.

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