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Highlights from Newcastle get together August 2019

27 Aug 2019 11:03 AM | enewsletter Editor (Administrator)

Many members enjoyed the APS NSW get together hosted by Newcastle Group on 17–18 August 2019 with a program of highlights of the area. Thanks to Newcastle Group including President Mark Abell and Secretary Maree McCarthy and all the volunteers who made the weekend so successful. Photos by Kevin Stokes, Newcastle Group (unless noted).

Registering for the weekend

APS NSW President John Aitken and wife Liz

Flora of the Hunter region

Dr Stephen Bell from University of Newcastle gave a presentation on endemic flora of the Hunter region based on his new book Flora of the Hunter Region.

Dr Stephen Bell

Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, Heatherbrae

We then had guided walks of the volunteer-run gardens which have many theme areas from acacias to rainforest. It's a great place to stop while travelling through Newcastle, with a cafe.

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Inspecting Parry Place at the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens

Port Stephens walks

To explore the coastal wildflowers and scenery of the Port Stephens area further, there are many more walks documented in the Bushwalks around Port Stephens brochure:

Awabakal Nature Reserve

Looking north

 A group enjoying the view (photo Rhonda Daniels)

Amongst the spectacular coastal scenery were several species of orchids.

Lyperanthus suaveolens

Lyperanthus suaveolens

Glenrock Scout camp, Glenrock

We visited Glenrock Scout camp with a guided tour of the garden created on a very difficult site, at the entrance to an old mine, by 2018 ABC Gardener of the year John Le Messurier. 

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Glenrock Scout Camp

John Le Messurier showing the gardens to the group

Mark Abell and John Messurier

APS Newcastle Group President Mark Abell presenting a Eucalyptus pumila tube to John Le Messurier

Ladies in red testing the human sun dial for accuracy at Glenrock

Hunter Wetlands Centre, Shortland

The weekend finished with a guided walk at Hunter Wetlands Centre and plant sales from the Newcastle Group nursery.

APS Newcastle Group has a long association with the Hunter Wetlands Centre which is where the group holds its meetings and runs a nursery and propagation area. Many of the plantings in the wetlands have been done by the group.

It's another great place to drop in for a walk and cafe stop while travelling through Newcastle.

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