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Garden visit to Fernmount Hyde and Seek

Saturday's visit to Chris's and Merren's garden was a warm affair (in both senses), with friends and new faces congregating on the deck of the house, originally built by John and Carol Vernon.
Chris outlined the discoveries and their changes/additions that go with moving into new digs. They have decided to observe the annual garden cycle, before making any garden removals or rennovations. John thoughtfully left behind details of the garden's planning and possible plantings. So down into it we plunged, for a game of hide and seek. 
We emerged satisfied after finding a few treasures, with a great appetite for the spread waiting up on the verandah. 
Great day, Chris and Merren 😆

Diary Dates

Bellingen Farmers & Producers Market

Wednesday, 25th November, 2.30pm - 5:30pm
Bellingen Market Park, Church St, Bellingen (next to the Tennis Courts)

We had so much fun last time, we're on again for the afternoon Wednesday's Producers Market in Bellingen; 25th November, 2.30pm. Our locally adapted seed range will be available to you, plus the usual enthusiastic discussion on all things growing in our area. Please come along to this lively local market and say G'day.

Visit Leela's 'toy' farm in Dorrigo

Saturday December 12th, 11:00am-2:00pm

From Leela:

It's been 2 years since I've had you lot up for a visit. My how the garden has grown! Landscaping and new projects started (finishing is the hard part!), plus more naughty animals to marshal. I'm still trying to push the boundaries of climatic possibilities - gardens & life; the grand experiment.
Come on up the mountain and see what I've been busy with...
Numbers of course will have to be limited, so RSVP to grab a place, then details and directions will be given to successful respondents. Please keep in mind the concerns of current times for the good of all.


Coming? RSVP to obtain the address and so we know who’s attending, even if you already know how to get there.

If you RSVP for this event, an email (containing directions) will be sent to the email address you provide on the RSVP form. If you do not receive an email, please check your junk mail folder.

Organiser: Leela O'Callaghan or phone 0417 536 490

Seed & Plant Swaps

Brian is looking for NSW Warratah. He has tried the local nurseries to no avail. If you can help Brian, please email him by clicking here.
Are you looking for particular seeds or plants? Do you have an abundance of something to give away?
Email in to for your search or offer to be put in the newsletter in this section.


Thanks to Chris and Merren for hosting our latest garden tour. A big thanks to Leela for writing just about everything in this newsletter and to Jeff for supplying most of the photos. Thanks again to Leela as our next upcoming host.
When donating or sharing seeds, please email in the seed information so we know what we have (click the link, the email has the questions ready to fill out)

Or fill in this PDF form. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to fill this out digitally. Remember to save each seed info as a separately named file!
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