May Meeting

Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 28th May 2024 at the San Giorgio Club, 11 Henry Street, Payneham, from 7:30pm.

There is plenty of parking at the venue or in the adjoining Council car park. Please do not park on the street.

Our Guest Speaker will be well known author and native plant authority Neville Bonney. As a lifelong advocate for Australia’s native plants and their ecosystems, he has authored over 20 books, including the seminal ‘From One Small Seed a Forest Is Born’ published in 2021. Neville will also have some of his publications for sale, including ‘Knowing, Growing, Eating: Edible Wild Native Plants for Southern Australia’.

Trading Table: For the meetings to commence on time and allow traders to listen to presentations as well, the trading tables will be available after the meeting only.

Supper: If you have any fruit you would like to share with members, please bring prepared and ready to serve. Some of your baked goods would also be welcomed.

Library – Members please note new arrangements for borrowing books, details below members menu.

If you are feeling unwell, please do not attend the meeting.

– Things we do –

■ 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.

– Things we don’t do –

■ 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 or propagating material of any description.

■ We do not provide gardening or consulting services of any kind and we do not endorse or recommend others who provide those services.

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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