Steve Hootman from the Rhododendron Species Foundation in Seattle, Washington visited South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania in October 2013. He gave wonderful talks on his plant collecting expeditions to the rhododendron societies in each state as well as getting the opportunity to see some of southern Australia's habitat.
On his journey from South Australia to Melbourne he traveled with two members of the Victorian branch through the Grampians and visited the Marriotts garden filled with spring flowering Australian natives and a spectacular collection of Grevilleas. Then in Northern Tasmania he visited Nothofagus forests and the alpine region of Cradle Mountain where he was accompanied by Ian Chalk, Andrew Lockett and Dick Burns (a noted author and authority on Cradle Mountain plants). Steve enjoyed the opportunity to walk amongst native forests and their understory plants and in particular seeing Prionotes cerinthoides (creeping heath) in Blackwood forests near Wynyard.
by Lesley & Graeme Eaton
PLANTING : Planting can be done year round, but the best time is in autumn, before the ground becomes too cold and wet, or in spring as the weather and the ground begin to warm up. We tend to favour the autumn as the roots are given a chance to develop into the surrounding soil before the winter sets in.
TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN BOTANIC GARDEN
Tamborine Mountain Botanic Garden is not a member of the ARS but they are appreciative of the support and supply of vireya species the ARS Victorian branch. They are also interested in expanding their vireya collection and are trailing some asiatic rhododendrons, hence this Botanic Garden is the banner for the Queensland region.
Known as a jewel in the crown of the Scenic Rim, Tamborine Mountain Botanic Garden is nestled in a valley covering 11 hectares with combined plantings of sub-tropical and cool temperate exotic plants and natural sub-tropical rainforest.
Designed as a series of boutique settings, the Botanic Garden has specimen collections from all over the world. There are large seasonal displays of Camellias, Magnolias, Gardenias, Azaleas and Rhododendrons including Vireyas. You will be delighted by the Rose garden and impressed by the large collection of perennials, B