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Lissa's Blog – July 2017 Archive (4)

ALICE SPRINGS AND THE ROAD TO GLEN HELEN

During my week long stay in Alice Springs I have gone from sceptic to admirer of this area. The town is friendly, artistic and vibrant with a real community feel and all the amenities you could want.  

Population in 2017 approximately 29,000 (Bureau of Statistics).

In summer average temperatures range from 20 - 35°C and can soar to around 40°C. January is the wettest month with around 40mm (1.5") of rainfall, however the climate is considered dry and…

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Added by Lissa on July 25, 2017 at 18:30 — 4 Comments

ALICE SPRINGS DESERT PARK

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This is the most incredible park - like a combination of Australia Zoo and the best native botanic garden rolled into one. We stopped and chatted with one of the horticulturalists doing some new planting and it was mind boggling the amount of planning that goes into each "region" of plantings.

Lots of…

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Added by Lissa on July 22, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

ALICE SPRINGS OLIVE PINK BOTANIC GARDEN

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You can't visit Alice Springs without going to visit the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens. I searched for information about any guided tours through the garden and couldn't find anything and asking at the gardens came up with pretty much the same answund on the gardens…

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Added by Lissa on July 18, 2017 at 15:00 — 7 Comments

ALICE SPRINGS COMMUNITY GARDEN

I have to pinch myself. I'm here in the dead centre of Australia (visiting my daughter, who works and lives here) and it turns out it's not so dead. In fact Alice Springs boasts the most productive and attractive community garden I personally have seen. Semi-retired dentist Bruce is a keen volunteer and agreed to meet me at the gardens for a tour.

Bruce tells me his own garden at home is also lush and thriving (I have an invitation to come visit and I hope I can fit…

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Added by Lissa on July 17, 2017 at 20:30 — 9 Comments

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GrowVetiver

Vetiver grass helps to stabilise soil and protects it against erosion.  It can protect against pests and weeds. Vetiver is also used as animal feed. (Wiki.)

GrowVetiver is a plant nursery run by Dave & Keir Riley that harvests and grows Vetiver grass for local community applications and use. It is based in Beachmere, just north of Brisbane, Australia.


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