A 300-year-old River Red Gum in Bulleen currently under threat by construction of the North East Link road project, has won the Victorian Tree of the Year contest. The contest, run by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria), celebrates natural heritage and aims to raise awareness of the benefits of trees. The Eucalyptus camaldulensis was chosen – out of a shortlist of 10 trees – by popular vote. National Trust CEO Simon Ambrose says the 20-metre-high eucalypt – on the corner of Bridge Street and Manningham Road in Bulleen – is a beautiful specimen and local landmark.
A 300-year-old eucalyptus that is set to be cut down for the North East Link has won Victoria Tree of the Year.Credit:Joe Armao
Peter Leigh, whose Post Office Farm nursery, is devoted to a vast collection of different hellebores, will speak about these winter-flowering plants later this month. Leigh will discuss the different species and hybrids and how to grow them at home, as well outlining some of his latest breeding successes. This Winter Talking Plants Morning includes a plant sale and is hosted by the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne at 10am on Friday June 14, Mueller Hall, National Herbarium, $25/$20 Friends. Go to rbgfriendsmelbourne.org to make a booking or phone 9650 6398 for more information.
Queensland putting on a show
Any gardeners planning a trip to Queensland this winter, might want to time their travels with the Queensland Garden Expo, which is on the Sunshine Coast between July 12 and 14. Celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, the expo includes more than 360 exhibitors and displays and 120 lectures and demonstrations. Visit qldgardenexpo.com.au for more information about the event, which will be held in Nambour.
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