■ We grow fruits and food plants from the four corners of the globe. They originate from cool-temperate, temperate, subtropical and elevated tropical regions. Records are kept of our successes and failures.
■ We listen to top Guest Speakers at most of our meetings and are presented with the best local knowledge from our more experienced members.
■ We learn to graft, bud and propagate at our workshop sessions and from our library and locally produced fact sheets.
■ We receive a newsletter at each meeting containing articles and experiences supplied by other members. It usually contains an outline of the presentation by the previous guest speaker or a description of a prior field trip or seminar.
■ We participate in field trips to established fruit properties, research stations and other member’s orchards. A sampling of the produce is usually enjoyed.
■ We set up a trading table at nearly every meeting where members may purchase fruit trees, rootstocks, budwood, grafting material and unusual plants, for a modest outlay.
■ We have a large collection of rare and heritage variety fruit trees grown by our members. We have established two heritage fruit tree orchards, one at Kangarilla, and more recently, another at Kanmantoo in conjunction with Neutrog Ltd, which will provide propagating material for both common and scarce fruit cultivars.
■ During July, we conduct three deciduous fruit grafting sessions where rootstocks and budwood are available for purchase and grafting techniques are demonstrated. Members have priority over visitors. Fig and grape cuttings are also available. Full details of times and venues will be available on our web site in the Meetings area prior to July.
■ Due to the difficulty of arranging permits and observing regulations regards sending propagating material interstate, we are unable to do this.
■ Our society is only a club of members, not a commercial nursery, so we do not run a mail order service selling trees of any description.