Dean Nicholle, author of Native Eucalypts of South Australia, will visit Mount Gambier next week to give a talk on the state’s Eucalypts, with a particular focus on South East species on Friday 4th March. The following morning members of the public are invited to stretch their legs on a bushwalk at Clarke Park, Port MacDonnell, while getting to know the rare Dingley Dell Gum, Eucalyptus leucoxylon ssp. megalocarpa.
Nuts about Gums
Public talk: Friday, 4 March, 6:30 pm.
Wehl St Theatre. Followed by supper.
Bushwalk: Saturday, 5 March, 9:30 am
Clarke Park, Springs Road, Port MacDonnell
Dean is the creator of the Currency Creek Arboretum, which is home to the world’s largest collection of Eucalypts. Situated near the mouth of the Murray River, more than 900 types of Eucalypts (genera Eucalyptus, Corymbia, Angophora) have been planted on site since the early 1990s. In fact every species and subspecies of Eucalypt which occurs naturally in South Australia can be found at this “zoo of plants”.
Gum trees are arguably our most iconic and recognisable native plants, and there is a huge range of diversity in the trees themselves, the environments they grow in, and the wildlife they support. The presentation will appeal to anyone with an interest in Australia’s native flora, and is a free event.