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Eucalypt Treasures of WA
7 August, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
A presentation introducing a selection of little known WA eucalypt species, unknown in cultivation and with high ornamental appeal plus many other attributes.
Malcolm French is an agriculturalist, book publisher, associate researcher and honorary curator of the genus eucalyptus at the WA Herbarium, bush traveler cum eucalypt chaser, and received an OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia recipient) in 2015 for Conservation in Agriculture.
Malcolm began his interest in eucalypts in the 1980s, when he grew eucalypts for his family farm at Rylstone on the Central Tablelands of NSW. Malcolm has lived in Perth since 1993, when he was offered a management position in an agribusiness enterprise in WA. Since then, he has travelled extensively throughout WA as part of his work profession and for eucalypt research, and it wasn’t long before he published his first book on Western Australia eucalypts, The Special Eucalypts of Perth and the South-west (1997). Malcolm subsequently published the comprehensive Eucalypts of Western Australia’s Wheatbelt (2013) and has recently published with long-time friend Dean Nicoll Eucalypts of Western Australia – The South West Coast and Ranges. Copies of this book will be available for purchase at the meeting.
Malcolm has been a volunteer at the Western Australian Herbarium since 1996, undertaking research, identifying eucalypt specimens and providing taxonomic advice.
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Tea & coffee will still be available at the end of the meeting but due to COVID-19 precautions, please bring your own cup/mug and maintain responsible distancing.