■  Meetings are held at the Burnside Community Centre, 401 Greenhill Road,

     Tusmore, corner of Portrush Road, behind Burnside Town Hall, starting at 7:45pm. 

     Click Maps button on front page.


■  Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the odd months (January, March, May, July,
     September and November


■  Visitors and future members are most welcome to attend.

■  Please remember to bring some supper, especially something new to try

     from your garden. Some of your baking or produce would be most welcome.




Main Topic

Fruit Segment

Jan    24    2017 Annual 'Mini Conference'
3 sessions of 25 minutes, 10 groups on various topics per session, with group leaders.
For the schedule please click on the following link.
2017 conference schedule (100 KB pdf)
March  28   2017

Annual General Meeting; election of officers and committee, review minutes of previous year’s AGM, Treasurer’s Report, appoint auditor, any other business.
Following this our speaker Steve Sykes will talk on cultivating melons. Steve was involved in melon research while working for the CSIRO and his talk will include information on selection of varieties, cultivation practices and saving your own seed.

May     23    2017    
July     25     2017    
Sept    26    2017

Nov    28    2017    
Jan    23    2018 Annual 'Mini Conference'
3 sessions of 25 minutes, 10 groups on various topics per session, with group leaders.
If you are keen to present a subject, or would like a particular subject included, please contact one of the committee members.


Annual Calendar of Propagation

Your society has been evolving in the organisation of grafting techniques and provision of budwood and rootstock for many years. Your committee thinks it is time to formalise the main events on an annual calendar so that you may anticipate what to expect.

We also ask you to participate in some new directions, in the growing of rootstock from seed and in the provision of budwood for budding in January. We hope to be able to provide some seed for you to plant and advise when and how to plant rootstock seeds.

The two main summer and autumn fruiting meetings have been nominated as especial tasting times but we will continue to enjoy produce from members at every meeting at supper time.

January - Budswap
Please pick twigs, cut off the leaves, wrap them in damp newspaper and label them clearly to display at the meeting. We will provide budding demonstrations but you will need to bud at home unless you can provide vigorous rootstocks in pots!

March and May - Harvest Festivals
Please bring labels and any notes about the fruit. The idea is to show what can be grown and of course so the taste may inspire others to grow that variety. Seed planting instructions.

July - Deciduous Fruit Grafting
Rootstocks and budwood will be available for members to purchase. Grafting techniques will be demonstrated. Seed planting instructions.

September - Sub-tropical Grafting
Avocado, cherimoya and citrus budwood should be obtainable. Hopefully rootstock material will also be available for sale. Demonstration of grafting and seed planting instructions.

November - Sub-tropical Grafting
White sapote, loquat and subtropical budwood supply. Demonstration of grafting, protection from weather and after-care. Seed planting instructions.