Hi All

Our AGM tomorrow night Thursday March 2nd at 7.30pm. It will be held at Maroondah Federation Estate, 32 Greenwood Ave Ringwood. The AGM is a great opportunity to meet other members, catch up on nursery projects and hear about what is happening in our local bushland reserves. Our guest speaker for the meeting will be Craig Mauger – Bushland Team Leader for Maroondah City Council. All committee positions become vacant as of the AGM and, as a number of existing members will be retiring; there is opportunity for new members to join the committee. If you would like information about committee roles please contact one of the current members or the nursery. Nomination forms will be available at the AGM.

There will be a selection of botanical illustrations by Ruth Jackson on display and available for purchase as cards or prints. There are a number of new illustrations now available.

Our next Monday Mornings in the Reserves outing will be on 6th March. We will be meeting at9am at Cherry Tree Reserve, Mullum Mullum Creek (Mel 50 E1) Enter from Strathfield Parade. If you would like to join us please bring your own gloves, tools and morning tea will be provided.

We have extended the deadline for articles, photos and items of interest for our Autumn Newsletter. If you have something that you would like to contribute please send to Linda, our newsletter editor, by March .

Past newsletters can be viewed on our website

Our Sales Area reopens for Saturday Sales this weekend on March 4th. We will be open everySaturday from 10am – 1pm. The Sales Area is also open on Wednesdays and Fridays during our volunteer sessions. Now is the time to start planning for autumn planting. We have good stock availability in both tubestock and 140mm pots. Please note our new prices for 2017 tubestock now $1.50 for members, $2.00 non members, 140mm pots now $4 for members & $5.50 non members. All sales are cash only unless by prior arrangement.


Earth Hour Event

This is the 10-year anniversary of Earth Hour – and the theme this year is Join the Future. To celebrate, Transition Towns Maroondah and Council are hosting a series of community workshops and displays on Saturday 25 March at Realm/Ringwood Town Square.
Please see links below for workshop and booking information. Places are limited so please be sure to book.
Trash Puppets Children’s Workshop, 11.00am-12.30pm, a fun workshop for children to make their own puppet out of recycled and reused materials.
Habitat Gardens for Wildlife Workshop, 11.00am-12.30pm, at this workshop Sustainable Gardening Australia will provide information to help you become a ‘Champion for Wildlife’ in your own garden.
Let’s get you rolling! Cycling Workshop, 01.00pm-02.30pm, a workshop to help give you the confidence to start cycling again, along with information about great cycling routes in Maroondah.
Cool Green Homes Workshop, 03.00pm-04.30pm, come and find out how to assess your site and use plants and vegetation to help cool down your home and outdoor spaces.

For a valuable pre-workshop opportunity, please see the event page.

To book or for more details contact Maroondah City Council

Kind regards,
Nelly Belperio
Environment Planner


First friends of Dandenong Creek invite you to help us clean up litter along the creek, both sides, at 9-12 on Sunday March 5th. Meeting at the tennis courts/creek outlet HE Parker Reserve. Gloves and bags are provided.
Register at website Clean Up Australia 3135 post code or call  Vicky Pearse


First Friends of Dandenong Creek will also be hosing a presentation by Melbourne Water on the progress of the Enhancing Our Dandenong Creek project.

Melbourne Water is currently refining the design for the revitalisation of an 850m section of Dandenong Creek between the railway bridge in Bayswater and H.E. Parker Reserve in Heathmont. The project will remove 850m of pipe, and bring the daylight back to the creek (daylighting) by constructing a naturalised waterway in its place. This is by far the most significant project in our area of the creek in the history of FFDC.

For more details go to:

Meeting Details:

Thursday 9 March at 7:30pm at Room 4 Maroondah Federation Estate, 32 Greenwood Ave, Ringwood.