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New Release: Simply Wyandottes

Backyard chooks have become extremely popular in backyards in recent times. Many people are now looking for rare varieties such as silver spangled hamburghs, silkies & others. The very pretty wyandottes have proven to be one of the most popular varieties. If wyandottes appeal to you, a new comprehensive book on them has just been written by Dallas Smith - details below:

  1. A Soft cover book of 200 pages, A4 size on matt paper.
  2. Over 300 coloured pictures.
  3. Lavishly illustrated, including Black and White pictures and sketches.
  4. An authentic history of Wyandottes, including many actual accounts from the developers of each variety, right up to modern times. Extracts from the writings of the World's greatest Wyandotte Breeders.
  5. Official Standards for all Standardised colours, plus a concise description of well-established, "Non - Standard" varieties.
  6. Forallcolours- "How to breed them." "How to identify faults and strengths" "Mating strategies."
  7. Special Chapters on "Judging and Evaluating Wyandottes" including "The Wyandotte Head"."An Understanding Of True Wyandotte Shape"
  8. Glossary and "A Visualization of The Wyandotte Standard"

$49.00 Plus p & h. if required ($15 in Aust).
Order now by mailing cheque or money order (total $64) to:
D. J. Smith, 101 Fassifern Rd,
Blackalls Park
NSW 2283

Direct Deposit Option Available Details From "" or Tel. ( 02) 49532149
Save on mailing by collecting at Hunter Valley Wyandotte Show July 19th. Simply mail $49 to above address to reserve your copy.


CAMP AND SCARE WITH BIG4 THIS HALLOWEEN FOR CAMP QUALITY Peg your tents, get the Halloween costumes out and prepare to scare the night away in the great outdoors at this years aptly named Camp and sCare with BIG4. The event - held on Friday 31 October around Australia and Friday 24 October in Victoria - will combine all the fun of Halloween and camping to support children's cancer charity, Camp Quality. Join the thousands of campers taking part in this activity-packed event and pay just $20 to secure a site at participating BIG4 Holiday Parks, with all proceeds from the event to go to Camp Quality. Camp Quality has been supporting children living with cancer for the last 30 years. Through programs that incorporate education, performance, recreation, respite and play, Camp Quality aims to create a better life for the children and strong supportive networks for their families. Visit where details on participating parks and their activities will be made available in early August.


27 JULY 2014, HILLS DISTRICT ORCHIDS OPEN DAY Hills District Orchids are having their Winter Open Day on Sunday 27 July 9am-4pm. A great day for orchid enthusiasts and general plant lovers. There will be experts on hand to answer any orchid related questions.The open day takes place at 183 Windsor Rd, Northmead (please park in Mary St or Windermere Ave). Visit

2 AUGUST 2014, RETINA AUSTRALIA 'NIGHT OF JAZZ' Retina Australia invites you to attend a 'Night of Jazz', a fundraising event to fight blindness. The event will be held at Crystal Palace, Luna Park, 5.30pm-8.30pm on Saturday 2nd August. Dress: Jazz theme or smart casual - there'll be prizes won for the best Jazz outfits. Special guest speaker is film and documentary maker Dr Richard Smith and music by NSW Police Jazz Band, patron is Don Burke. Tickets are $120 each which includes a 2 course dinner with unlimited drinks. For more information and ticket order form please email

4-7 SEPTEMBER 2014, AUSTRALIAN GARDEN SHOW SYDNEY A stylish event celebrating Australia's love of gardens and outdoor spaces will be held from 4-7 September at Centennial Park, Sydney. The Show will explore new ideas in gardening techniques and design, showcasing spectacular displays and a wide variety of lifestyle products. The Show will appeal to amateur and professional gardeners, design enthisiasts, families and homeowners looking for inspiration for their home. Tickets are on sale now at

13, 14 AND 20, 21 SEPTEMBER 2014, DAFFODILS AT RYDAL Explore the gorgeous country gardens and enjoy the large plantings of daffodils over the two weekends. Gardens and village attractions are open 10am to 4pm. Thousands of daffodils have been planted in the parks and gardens of Rydal. Start at the Information Centre near the Railway Station and follow the signs around the village to see the gardens and historic buildings. Don't miss Pioneer Park which includes native trees, extensive daffodil plantings and scenic views. For more information, visit

27, 28 SEPTEMBER 2014, PLANT LOVERS FAIR The second Plant Lovers Fair will be held at Kariong Mountains High School, Kariong, Central Coast. The 2014 Show will feature specialist nurseries selling rare, unusual and collectible plants and is open 9am-4pm. For more information including entry prices visit

17-19 OCTOBER 2014, GALSTON OPEN GARDENS WEEKEND Galston Garden Club will be holding its Open Gardens Weekend on October 17, 18 and 19, gardens open from 9.30am - 4.30pm. This is a great chance to have a relaxing day wandering around some of the most beautiful gardens in Sydney. Please visit for entry prices, garden locations etc. This is an annual charity fundraiser with about $34,000 being raised in 2013 and distributed to a wide range of charities.

18 OCTOBER - 2 NOVEMBER 2014, THE GRAFTON JACARANDA FESTIVAL IS TURNING 80! When the jacaranda flowers bloom, the stage is set for the longest running floral festival in Australia. It's on from 18 October to 2 November this year and is celebrating a milestone 80th year. The festival is held annually in Grafton on the Far North Coast of NSW and is not to be missed. Full events program available at

25, 26 OCTOBER 2014, BATHURST SPRING SPECTACULAR GARDEN WEEKEND Visit 10 beautiful Spring gardens in the Bathurst District. Tickets are $15 (available at all gardens and Bathurst Visitor Information Centre). For further information, visit  Net proceeds go to local charities.


20, 21 SEPTEMBER 2014, ANGAIR WILDFLOWER SHOW The annual Anglesea and Aireys Inlet  Wildflower and Art Show will be held at Anglesea Memorial Hall, McMillan Street, Anglesea on September 20 & 21, 10am-4.30pm. Cost is $5 for adults, students and concession is $2, children under 12 are free. Activities include displays of indigenous flowers, guided wildflower walks and bus tours in the district, indigenous plants for sale, art and craft exhibitions, swap an environmental weed for a local plant and much more. For more information visit

1, 2  NOVEMBER 2014, AUSTRALIAN PELARGONIUM AND GERANIUM SOCIETY ANNUAL SPRING SHOW The Australian Pelargonium and Geranium Society Annual Spring Show will be held on Saturday 1st Nov, 12pm to 4pm and Sunday 2nd, 9.30am to 4pm at Bellfield Community Hall, cnr Oriel Rd and Banksia St, Ivanhoe. Entry is $5 (includes morning/afternoon tea). Free parking at hall. There will be plants and cuttings for sale.

8, 9 NOVEMBER 2014, SPRING ROSE SHOW 2014 The Rose Society of Vic are holding their Spring Rose Show on Saturday 8th November 1pm-5.30pm and Sunday 9th 10am-4.30pm at the Mount Waverley Community Centre, cnr Stephensons Rd & Miller Cres, Mount Waverey (off street parking available). Free advice on all aspects of rose growing. Admission: Adults $5, Concession $4, Children under 12 are free. Visit 




2 AUGUST 2014, AFTERDARK FIREFLY TOURS, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDENS Bring your 'firelight' into the Gardens as part of our winter afterDARK Firefly Tours. Participants begin by making their own lantern, then head out on a fascinating after dark discovery of the Gardens with rangers. Explore the various garden habitats and habitants - including the beautifully lit Rainforest Gully. When: Saturday 7 June, 5 July and 2 August at 7pm (gates open at 6.30pm and close promptly at 7pm). Venue: Crosbie Morrison Building, Australian National Botanic Gardens. Cost: $22.50 adult, $16.50 child (5-16yrs). Booking essential on





27 JULY 2014, NATIONAL TREE DAY The Garden Guides will be celebrating National Tree Day on Sunday 27th July. Special walks will be held at both Adelaide and Wittunga Botanic Gardens for all to enjoy. Check the website for details

25, 26 OCTOBER 2014, SOUTH AUSTRALIAN ANNUAL IRIS SHOW The South Australian Iris Society is conducting their Annual Iris Show on October 25 and 26. It will be held at the Goodwood Community Centre, 32-34 Rosa St, Goodwood, Saturday 25th October 11am to 5pm and Sunday 26th 10am to 4pm. Admission is $3. There'll be talks, demonstrations and plant sales. On display will be Bearded Iris, Louisiana, Spuria, Japanese Iris and Pacific Coast.


16-24 AUGUST 2014, SINGAPORE GARDEN FESTIVAL The Singapore Garden Festival 2014 will be held in the new award winning Gardens by the Bay on 16-24 August 10am-10pm. Australian landscape designer Jim Fogarty regularly has a display at this Festival and has won the Gold Medal & RHS Award for Horticultural Excellence in 2006 & 2010 and the Gold Medal in 2008. He is very highly regarded by the organisers of this event. For information log onto



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