Tag Archives: arboretum

Festival of the Forests complaint

By 3 April 2012

My family attended the Festival of the Forests on Sunday and the traffic was terrible, walking in from the car it was apparent that about 50% of parking spaces closer to the venue had not been used.
I wonder how much of the gold coin donation money went to pay for contracted parking attendants who caused [...]

Mulch fire at the arboretum

By 27 March 2012

The ACT Rural Fire Service is currently on scene at a three meter by nine meter mulch fire at the National Arboretum on the Tuggeranong Parkway.
Crews arrived on scene to find the mulch pile well alight.
Four heavy tankers and a bulk water unit are currently on scene to extinguish the fire.
Update to follow.
8:00am Tuesday 27 [...]

The arboretum in full colour. Images of Canberra

By 28 February 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Maureen has sent in this picture of the Jon Stanhope memorial arboretum with just the subersive note:
Arboretum in full colour.
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The Canberra Discovery Garden opens this weekend

By 7 February 2012

Actew advise that their Canberra Discovery Garden is going to open amidst some hoopla this weekend at the arboretum:
The Canberra Discovery Garden, located at the National Arboretum Canberra, was created by ACTEW Corporation to provide an inspirational and educational demonstration of waterwise gardening to the public.
“We’re proud to launch this exciting new water conservation initiative [...]

$30 million amphitheatre for the arboretum?

By 15 November 2011

The Australian has a gushing review of the weekend’s Voices in the Forest at the arboretum.
Buried down in the tail of the article is this little tidbit:
The organisers promise another next year; let’s have several. John Mackey, the Arboretum’s chairman, has revealed plans for a 6000-seat Greek-style amphitheatre. It could cost $30 million.
What better gift [...]

The view from the arboretum. Images of Canberra

By 5 November 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

Linda has sent in these pictures with this note:
I took these two photos when visiting the National Arboretum whilst it was open during Floriade.
One image is taken from the lookout, and the other is a close up of one of the young Monkey Puzzle trees.

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The arboretum gets a cherry tree

By 22 October 2011

Katy Gallagher has announced she’s been tree planting in the arboretum with the Mayor of Nara.
The planting of a Yoshino cherry tree with the Mayor of Canberra’s sister city, Nara, symbolised the strength of the relationship between the two countries, Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, said today.
The Chief Minister was joined by the Mayor of Nara, [...]

Voices In The Forest at the National Arboretum

By 20 October 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

The good, soaking rain we’ve had over the last couple of weeks has fared well for The National Arboretum, which will be hosting its first major cultural event – the inaugural Voices in the Forest concert.
We’ve had a few tongue in cheek comments on RiotACT describing the Arboretum concert as ‘Voices of the Nascent [...]

Win free stuff. (Voices in the Forest comp)

By 21 September 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

Voices in the Forest are launching a suitably named ‘Strike an Opera Pose’ competition.
All you have to do is take a photo of you, a mate or a group of people ‘Striking an Opera Pose’ and upload it onto the contests application on the Facebook page.
The winning submission will win two tickets to [...]

NCA working on their rival arboretum

By 19 July 2011

The National Capital Authority has the slightly confusing news that they’re planting a formal entrance to the Lindsay Pryor National Arboretum, not to be confused with the National Arboretum> further up the hill.
Thirty-six deciduous trees will be planted at the entrance to the Lindsay Pryor National Arboretum this week.
Weather permitting, the National Capital Authority [...]

Celebrity forest gets Thomas Keneally

By 13 July 2011

Andrew Barr has announced that he’s overseen the planting of a hoop pine in the Arboretum’s celebrity forest by author Thomas Keneally.
Mr Keneally’s novels have won many prestigious awards. In 1982 he won the Booker Prize for ‘Schindler’s Ark’, later published in the United States as ‘Schindler’s List’. The movie version was directed [...]

Happy Birthday Mr Stanhope

By 19 April 2011

Liberal Leader Zed Seselja and Senator Gary Humphries are both in slack-jawed amazement at the astonishing scene this morning whereby the Commonwealth’s contribution to the Centenary of Canberra was announced to be a gift to Mr Stanhope’s pet arboretum project.
The long-awaited centenary gift to the people of Canberra turns out to be a gift to [...]

Federales chip in for the Arboretum, and that’s your lot for the centenary

By 19 April 2011

Chief Minister Stanhope has proudly announced that the Commonwealth is going to chip in $20 million over four years for his arboretum.
As an extra bonus Prime Minister Gillard has planted a sapling in the tree park grown from the tree of knowledge, sacred to the memory of all Labor’s true believers.
Readers who have been waiting [...]

Aboretum opera fest for November

By 24 March 2011

[ 12 November 2011; ]

Chief Minister Stanhope is very excited about an opera festival he has scheduled for his beloved arboretum this November.

Chief Minister Jon Stanhope has announced that internationally acclaimed and GRAMMY nominated mezzo-soprano, Anne Sofie von Otter will headline an evening of opera at the National Arboretum in November.

‘Voices in the Forest’ is the first major cultural [...]

Southern Tablelands Ecosystems Park opened at the arboretum

By 21 March 2011

Chief Minister Stanhope has announced the official opening of “Stage 2 of the Southern Tablelands Ecosystems Park (STEP) garden at the National Arboretum”.
This is intriguing because the arboretum is not open, although apparently you can do openings for parts thereof. Also a park garden is a new concept which one suspects slipped past the acronym [...]

Jimmy Barnes plants a Flame Tree at the Arboretum

By 14 March 2011

Chief Minister Stanhope has proudly announced that Jimmy Barnes has planted a flame tree at the arboretum:
The Flame tree or Brachychiton acerifolius grows to 15 metres in height and is considered one of Australia’s most spectacular flowering trees.
The species was made famous by Jimmy Barnes in Cold Chisel’s 1984 hit song ‘Flame Trees’ – a [...]

Malcolm Fraser adds to the Arboretum

By 9 March 2011

Chief Minister Stanhope has announced an exciting new signature to his autograph collection.
No, wait, it’s another tree planted at the arboretum, this time by former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser.
It had been previously thought that Mr Stanhope hated all Liberals. But a Liberal who leaves the Liberal party can be forgiven much one imagines.
Speaking at today’s [...]

Special sports trees at the Arboretum

By 4 March 2011

[ 7 March 2011 at 11:00 am; ] Chief Minister Stanhope is letting us know that on top of luring a string of foreign dignitaries to his arboretum he’s now be able to star spot with some sportspeople:

Mr Stanhope said he was delighted that Mal Meninga, Lauren Jackson, Robert De Castella, and David Campese had agreed to attend the special tree planting [...]

Mongolian Trees for the Arboretum

By 22 February 2011

Chief Minister Stanhope has the thrilling news that he’s got another autograph, or rather the Mongolian Prime Minister, Mr Sukhbaatar Batbold, has planted a Siberian elm in the arboretum.
The medium-sized tree is native to northern Mongolia and other parts of Central Asian where it can live to 150 years.
Speaking at today’s ceremony, Mr Stanhope said [...]

Cook and Arboretum burns

By 18 January 2011

The ACT Department of Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) will conduct two controlled burns today 18 January 2011, in Cook and adjacent to the National Arboretum weather permitting.
The Cook burn is located at Mt Painter near Coulter and William Hovell Drives.
The other burn is adjacent to the National Arboretum near the Tuggeranong Parkway
8:50am [...]

Images of Canberra – The view from the arboretum

By 10 September 2010

One of our many Andrews has sent in this skewed view from the arboretum.
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We have a bonsai collection!

By 16 August 2010

Chief Minister Stanhope brings the astonishing news that not only does his arboretum have a “National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia”, but since it was located in a pavilion in Commonwealth Park two years ago it has been visited 100,000 times!
It currently displays 32 deciduous, evergreen, conifer and native trees, including a Desert [...]

Peter Garrett visits the arboretum

By 3 August 2010

Chief Minister Stanhope is trumpeting the latest celebrity planting at his arboretum:
Federal Environment Protection Minister Peter Garrett joined Chief Minister Jon Stanhope in the planting of a Queensland Kauri at the National Arboretum today.
The Agathis Robusta, commonly known as the Queensland Kauri, joins many other native trees which have been planted by visiting dignitaries and [...]

Art for the Stanhope memorial gardens

By 31 July 2010

The Canberra Times brings word (for some reason there’s been no media release, just a highly selective media event) of a $242,000 sculpture for the new arboretum.
It’s the words “Wide brown land” written in steel (brown steel mind you).
One would think we’ve moved beyond the hackneyed dross of Dorothea Mackellar’s My Country but hey, [...]

Police Wrap – 29 July 2010

By 29 July 2010

[First filed: Jul 29, 2010 @ 9:30]
1. Tree rustlers nabbed:
ACT Policing have arrested two males over the theft of 12 Dragon trees from the National Canberra Arboretum.
The trees were stolen between 6pm (Monday July 26) and 6.30am (Tuesday July 27). Five of the trees have been recovered and returned to the National Canberra Arboretum.
A [...]

Looting the arboretum

By 28 July 2010

The Canberra Times has details on another heist at the new arboretum:
It is believed the thieves gained entry to the arboretum on foot.
A Department of Land and Property Services ute left on the site was used to transport the thieves to the dragon tree lot, before they scaled a small electric fence designed to [...]

NCA to blaze up the other arboretum

By 23 July 2010

If you see smoke and flame bellowing out of Canberra’s existing Lindsay Pryor National Arboretum (down by Scrivener Dam, off Lady Denman Drive) tomorrow don’t fret.
The National Capital Authority is warning that they’re doing a burnoff tomorrow:
Debris and woody weeds that have been cleared from the site will be burned as part of the [...]

Postcards from China – The Major of Beijing

By 8 July 2010

The latest missive from the Chiefly procession through the middle kingdom informs us that everyone is having a lovely time in Canberra’s latest Sister City (Versailles and Nara are somewhere in there).
You’ll all be relieved to hear that our friends in Beijing (after a rather good banquet one presumes from the typos in the release) [...]

Arboretum and Timor-Leste finally collide in Chiefly climax

By 24 June 2010

Chief Minister Jon Stanhope has announced that he’s been able to combine his two great loves, Timor-Leste and his Arboretum:
Chief Minister Jon Stanhope has today [yesterday] joined His Excellency Dr José Ramos-Horta, President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, to plant a Melia azedarach, commonly known as a White cedar, in the Central Valley [...]

Street trees v. Arboretum – round two

By 28 May 2010

Zed Seselja seems to think he’s onto a winner on the matter of street trees for everyone vs street trees for the Chief Minister’s special tree park on the edge of nowhere.
Leader of the Opposition, Zed Seselja, has announced the Canberra Liberals will bring a motion forward in the Assembly to call on the [...]

The Arboretum takes your trees

By 21 May 2010

Liberal leader Zed Seselja has raised the interesting point that while this year’s budget has $26 million for trees at the Arboretum, it’s cutting $10 million over three years out of the urban tree program.
When asked about an almost $10 million funding cut to the urban trees program, after much deliberation the Chief Minister finally [...]

Bob Winnell throws in $1.5 million for Stanhopian dream

By 11 May 2010

His Chiefliness, Jon Stanhope, is thrilled to announce that Bob Winnell, on behalf of The Village Building Company, is chipping in $1.5 million for the Jon Stanhope Memorial Gardens (aka the arboretum).
We’re sure such an act of generosity would never sway decisions around planning approvals.
Also of interest is that $1 million of the money is [...]

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