Friends Of South Surrey Park News – October 2011

On the last Sunday in September seventeen keen volunteers, including several family groups, enjoyed a warm and dry spring morning to plant about 400 seedlings into surprisingly dry soil near the creek below the Scout Hall.

Special thanks to City of Boroondara employees who gave up their Sunday mornings for our Park. Peter delivered a ute load of plants and coordinated the morning’s work while Pepe prepared one of his legendary barbecues (even though he did forget the vegieburgers).

This Sunday 30 October we’ll work below Union Road to extend the existing creekside plantation. Wear suitable clothes including sturdy footwear, gardening gloves and sunhat, bring a raincoat in case of forecast rain, and stay afterwards for free drinks, bickies and a chat.

As usual Tuesday Toilers have been busy removing uteloads of weeds and rubbish plus planting more trees, shrubs, grasses and groundcovers at various sites. Join us around 10 am any Tuesday near the pond below Union Road before we move to that day’s worksite. If you don’t find us initially, wander down the creek and we’ll catch up eventually.

Wear sturdy footwear and a sunhat, and bring a raincoat, drink bottle, workgloves, litter bags and enthusiasm. Afterwards we generally lunch at Café Biscotti, backing onto the Park at 929 Riversdale Road, so even if you can’t join us in the morning, you’re welcome for a gossip over some food or drink around midday.

Remember we work on the last Sunday monthly and the only remaining opportunity for 2011 will be 27 November, to weed and mulch a new area below Anderson Street for planting next year

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The City of Boroondara 2011 Spring Walks and Talks are nearly over, the only remaining events are:

  • Habitat Gardening Workshop, Tuesday 25 October, 5.45 – 8.30 pm, Maranoa Gardens, Balwyn.  
  • Garden Heritage Tour, Wednesday 26 October, 10:30 – 11:30 am, Canterbury Gardens, Canterbury.

Bookings essential via or City of Boroondara Parks & Gardens on 9278 4595.

Now is the ideal time to get plants in the ground, with plenty of soil moisture and time to establish root systems before the summer drought. The best source of locally indigenous plants is GreenLink Box Hill community nursery, 41 Wimmera Street, Box Hill North, Melway 47 E6.

Open every Tuesday and Wednesday morning, including Melbourne Cup Day, 9 am – midday, selling a great range of local plants, mostly under $2. More from or 0479 121 653.      

Friday 18 November at 8 pm, the Australian Plant Society Maroondah will hold its monthly meeting at Manchester Unity Hall, 8 Main Street, Blackburn, Melway 47 K 10. Guest speaker Marilyn Bull will recount her experience as a Ranger in central Australia’s Finke Valley.

Admission $2 includes a raffle ticket and light supper.  More from, or President Michael Cook on 417 539 740.

Work in South Surrey Park is brought to you through the efforts of the Friends of South Surrey Park, a voluntary group working with the local community, City of Boroondara and Melbourne Water.


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