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Visit to Mary's Emerald Beach Garden

A dozen happy Bellingen Seed Savers gathered on a sunny day to admire Mary’s garden at Emerald Beach. In just a few years Mary has transformed a barren vacant block (about 600 square metres) into a lovely home surrounded by a magnificent mix of ornamentals and edibles. It looks low maintenance with minimal lawns. Weeds are notably absent. Garden beds are well mulched and densely planted with natives and exotics. Shrubs, trees, and vines planted around the property boundaries have developed a canopy providing shade, shelter, and privacy. The diversity of colours, textures, shapes, and smells is amazing. This garden looks like a well-established permaculture garden – it is very inspiring for anyone wanting to establish a productive garden on a small suburban block.

There is a variety of fruit trees, including paw paws, bananas, mango, citrus, fig, grapes, loquat, and stone fruits. Abundant herbs are interspersed in flower beds within easy reach of the verandah. Some of many highlights on Mary’s garden tour were a tree dahlia over 3m tall and an equally big elderberry, a very healthy papaya, and a grape trellis complete with ripening grapes under bird-netting.

The happy gardeners shared a yummy lunch and long conversations on Mary’s shady verandah. As usual, the food at Seed Saver gatherings never ceases to impress. Omshree’s Indian rice dish, Mary’s eggplant tagine and Chris’ ginger and date loaf were some of the many tasty dishes.

This gathering was also a farewell to one of our loyal seed savers who is soon moving home to Norfolk Island. There was a lot of discussion about a holding a Seed Saver gathering on Norfolk sometime this year. Stay tuned.

Many thanks to Mary for hosting a wonderful garden tour and luncheon.

Good things come to those who wait

You may recognise the photos below from our June newsletter last year. Alternatively, if you visited Leela's toy farm in December you probably saw these bananas still in their green coats. It is getting on towards a year from when this banana first started to flower and finally Leela can reap the rewards. The possum resident in her roof has also been patiently waiting on a diet of passionfruit.

Diary Dates

Seed packing at Karin’s Dreamtime garden

Saturday March the 6th, 11:00am-2:00pm

The Autumn Plant Fair will be happening this March. BSS needs some busy worker bees for seed packing the weekend beforehand. Karin has kindly offered to host again. We were treated to a delightful visit there last winter. Time now to get down to some serious business, with the sharing & packing of seeds grown by our fabulous local community.
There will be good food, good cheer and let's  kick off the new decade of seed saving and sharing with refreshed vigour.
(I'm so excited! ☺)

Please bring any seeds you have saved for sharing. If you have cuttings or live plants for our plant fair stall, please continue to look after these and deliver them directly to the plant fair or on the Friday prior to the plant fair.


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

Bellingen Seed Savers stall at the Autumn plant fair

Saturday March 13th, 6:00am-4:00pm

We will be selling seeds and plant materials at the Bellingen Plant Fair on Saturday March the 13th.

Our stall needs volunteers to help set up, run and pack up. If you can help, please volunteer. Do not worry if you have never done this before. There are several people rostered on at each time slot and we have information printed out that answer many questions.

We need volunteers for these times:

Set Up, 6:30-8:30am - 4 people.

Early, 8:00-10:00am - 3 people.

Mid Morning, 10:00-12:00pm - 3 people.

Afternoon, 12:00-2:00pm - 3 people.

Pack Up, 3 people.
Please contact Gillian if you can help

Seed & Plant Swaps

Mellinda is looking for Native Rosella or Warrigal greens, native sea celery, and native parsnip or long yam. 😃 

If you can help her out please email her directly 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 Mary for hosting our latest garden tour. Thanks to Jeff for the writeup and photos from Mary's garden visit and to Leela for the blurb on the upcoming seed cleaning. Thanks to Karin 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!
Or print it out and fill it in by hand. 
Check out the Bellingen Seed Savers blog for recipes, local growing information, Diary Dates and garden visit photos.
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