What we’re about
■ 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. Our heritage fruit tree orchard at Kanmantoo, established in conjunction with Neutrog Ltd, will provide propagating material for both common and scarce fruit cultivars.
■ During July, we conduct 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.
With continuing restrictions due to the Coronavirus there have been some changes to our meeting formats.
Our next meeting is on Tuesday 25th May 2021 at the Fogolar Furlan Centre, 69 Briar Road, Felixstowe. Our Guest Speaker will be Sam Luke. He is the Manager at Balhannah Nurseries at Charleston in the Adelaide Hills and has a wide knowledge of all things plant related. He will speak about planting and maintaining fruit trees and will introduce us to some of their new fruit tree varieties.
We are able to have limited numbers of visitors at out meetings, however if you wish to attend you will need to register beforehand. Visitors can attend two meetings.
Please do not attend if you are unwell.
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Enjoy the benefits of Rare Fruit Society membership
Meet and interact with other passionate Rare Fruit growers from our region
Access to the members section of the website
As a club member, you will receive our newsletter full of articles on fruit growing specific to our region.
Throughout the year, field trips, workshops and events are arranged for our members. These include visiting commercial orchards and research facilities, and our annual grafting days.
Enjoy access to our extensive Library of fruit related books and access our growing Library of subject specific videos.
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