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  1. Sad news, one of the greats, Mycologist Dr. Gaston Guzman passed away yesterday from pneumonia. He was 83.

    Finding a copy of his "Genus Psilocybe" in my university library for the first time 20 years ago was a moment ill never forget.

    RIP Dr Guzman

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  2. my condolences to his family, and to those here who knew him well.

    i met him once, but never got to knew him through this forum to say much else.

    RIP mate, be at peace.

  3. i read the teachings of don juan at age 14. it put me on a path of wanting to understand consciousness and inspired an interest in ethnobotany. i re-read it at age 16 and then the following 4 books, i had already been interested in zen buddhism and hinduism and despite all the magic i found enough spiritual cross-overs to keep me happy. when i became aware of the fact that don juan never existed it didnt bother me, the insights i gained were good enough, and i felt it was very clever of castenada to heave created such an interesting work of fiction. i re read them again during my 20's and found them interesting from a faux ethnobotanical perspective and for their mysticism but by this time i was fairly entrenched in zen buddhism.

    i recall around that time there was a re-emergence of interest in castenede and a new set of books emerged, but you could tell by this time it had slipped into new age mysticism which i found very disappointing.

    despite that i still felt the original books had a significant enough effect on my life in inspiring an appreciation for ethnobotany and anthropology and then of course sacred plants that i could count them as important.

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  4. My suspicion is that the tree is simply undergoing its normal summer stress period and as a result its senescing its lover phyllodes. i visited my plants today and noticed the same pattern on my trees, and not on my shrubs.

    this is a normal behavior in most plants as they mature. with the focus being on growing tips than on older growth that is of not much use anymore, such that older growth is senesced but not before mobile nutrients are recycled, ie resulting in the yellowing phyllodes/leaves. if the yellowing were happening on the new growth there would be much more reason for concern.

    your trees may be stressed because they are in pots, but i wonder if this is a good time to be planting in the ground as they will undergo far more stress through transplanting at this time of year. personally i would wait till winter, but i wonder what other people would suggest. pots tend to dry out quick, so a would thing your watering regime is probably ok.

    my trees are growing flower buds for a full bloom in the coming months. the flowers shown earlier not resulting in seeds. sorry with christmas goings didnt manage to capture photos this time around.

    mine do get afternoon shade, but still have a some senescence.

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  5. A huge thank you to all those who attended the meet today.

    It was a fantastic get together.

    And a huge thanks to the EGA team for making it possible.

    tentatively suggesting next gardens meet for end of feb, maybe 25/27 or march 5/6.

  6. Gonna an awesome day.

    looking forward to catching up with people, and meeting some new people.

    remember, the convent Gardener is keen for donations for the convent garden, so if anyone has some extra plants they would love to give a good home to let myself or Ronny know and we can pass them on. medicinal, and/or sacred would be fine im sure.

    catch you all then.

  7. planting out trees is a dilemma.

    i guess consider the habitat these trees like and which of the options proves the best location.

    if your parents gets a better set of extremes then that may be more suitable. i.e. a decent swing between cold and hot, remember these are alpine acacias.

    if you plant it somewhere like a nature strip that you have no legal entitlement over then if the council decides to do something with it, then the tree is lost.

    i planted mine at my parents property knowing that they will be there for a while.

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  8. omfg, i have been so caught up in study i missed this Completely.


    Ed was amazing we had some lovely chats via pm, and he gave me some amazing Eillen cuts that i treasure dearly.

    I was meant to meet Ed at an EGA one year. but he was very unwell on the day and didnt want to talk, instead had a long chat with his Mum, Eileen, who was traveling with him. We had a beautiful long chat and she was so apologetic on Ed's behalf. i have my own anxiety issues so understood completely.

    I had always hoped to finally catch up with him for a long chat and thanks for the stunning cuts he gave me. such a generous person, so Ed out there in the ether, thank you so very much.

    Safe journeying

    Cheers, Ob.

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  9. The EGA plant meet will be at an alternate location. we are yet to disclose it due to having to get confirmation and because our priority has been organising the film screening on the day before.

    Im not sure what these other dates are but the EGA plant meet is on the 6th.

    the 11th was a suggestion for the 11th of november that no-one seem to took up.

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  10. we will have updates on the plant meet in the coming week. the date is set for the 6th of december.

    plus we have had to wait for confirmation of our location.

    The main focus has been getting the film screening organised, so apologies for delays on info.

    Look forward to seeing you at the plant meet. it will be well worth it based on previous years meetups.

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  11. It is with great pleasure we announce special EGA Melbourne Plant meet. Please bring seed, plants or goodies to trade with fellow plant heads.

    Where: Abbotsford Convent Room: Oratory

    Date: 6th December

    Cost: Free

    Time: 12.30 - 5.30

    We have 4 EGA speakers for your education and listening pleasers.

    *Sebastian Job: The Light of the Toad of Light

    Talk duration: 20 minutes + 10 minutes Q and A

    Presentation Synopsis:

    Users of the powerful naturally occurring tryptamine 5-MeO-DMT frequently report that they are briefly dissolved into IT, pure being-nothing, the energetic void, infinite love, or as many simply say, the Light. Obviously this Light is not an 'object' in the ordinary sense, and users invariably stress its ineffable character. In this talk Sebastian will be considering how we might think about this Light and its socio-cultural significance.


    Sebastian Job, PhD, is Honorary Associate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Sydney and Visiting Lecturer at the National Institute of Dramatic Art. His research in recent years has centred on the entheogenic uses of psychoactive substances both in Australia and Latin America, with a particular interest in the environmental, political and philosophical significance of the cultures of use of these substances.

    **Carl TuneIn: Giving Exotic Ethnobotanicals the Conditions They Need*

    Talk duration: 20 minutes + 10 minutes Q and A

    Presentation synopsis:

    Carl TuneIn will give an outline of seven of the major environmental factors affecting plant vitality. Then, using well-known ethnobotanicals, he will show "how to successfully grow everything from tropicals to alpines in Melbourne". The audience will then share their own successful techniques and vexing problems.Personal or organization


    Carl has worked in many fields (education, computing, manufacturing, military, farming), and has six tertiary qualifications (from public policy to surgical theatre nursing). He's successfully grown ~40 different species of ethnobotanicals, and gardened in California, Oregon, Idaho, West Australia, New Zealand, and Victoria.

    ***Arik Reiss: The Pathologisation of Cannabis Use in the Mainstream Media.

    Talk duration: 20-30 minutes + 10 minutes Q and A

    Presentation synopsis: Arik will be discussing media representations of cannabis and how mainstream perspectives based on "pathology" or "otherness" frame much of the public discourse. He will suggest ways to rectify these misrepresentations to create a more favourable image and thereby improve the possibilities of changing drug policies.Personal or organization

    Bio: Arik Reiss is the director of "Druglawed" and "Inside New Zealand: High Time?", documentary films discussing the failures of cannabis prohibition. Arik has been working full time on drug policy media since 2008. His third film on the subject of cannabis, Druglawed 2, is currently in production.

    **** Michael Bock: Shamanic Plants of New Guinea

    Talk duration: 20 minutes + 10 minutes Q and A

    Presentation synopsis: Whilst there is no evidence of the Australian Aboriginies using any plants shamanically (apart from one reported use of Pituri), the indigenous people of New Guinea (which was part of mainland Australia until a few thousand years ago) used many shamanic plants. This talk explores what we know about the Shamanic Plants of New Guinea.


    Longtime researcher of Australasian flora, Michael has presented many varied topics at EGA, all based on an aspect of Australasian natural history to bring his research to a wider audience.

    For info on the film screenings see the following links;

    The EGA main page -

    Sydney Facebook event page -https://www.facebook...68407116840338/

    Melbourne Facebook event page -

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