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Rod Cary talks about a life in horticulture

February 15, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm



Rod Cary: short bio

After study at UWA 1969-70 (botany, zoology, chemistry, geology), Rod worked at the Stoneville Horticultural Research Station before operating a pest and weed control business. In 1980, Rod was Senior Gardener at Mt Lawley C.A.E. He completed a horticultural certificate at Bentley TAFE in 1981.

Since then, Rod has worked for C.H. Bailey, ACTIV (developing disability horticultural training), and as a TAFE lecturer in horticulture, commencing a teaching career at Bentley TAFE in 1983. His TAFE years have taken him to Busselton, Margaret River and Nannup, and Geraldton and Carnarvon.

His teaching subjects have included Turf management, Plant structure, Native plants, Weeds, pest and diseases, Chemicals handling, Soils and plant nutrition, Fruit growing, Viticulture, Wildflower growing, Plant propagation, and Land management.

During his TAFE years, he has developed and designed courses and traineeships in Environmental rehabilitation (Rottnest), Wildflower growing (Geraldton), Pastoral industry (Geraldton), Fruit Growing (Carnarvon), Aboriginal Community Gardening (Various), Lawn mowing contractors (South West), Viticulture and Horticulture courses (Margaret River and Busselton TAFE), and design and delivery of horticulture, floriculture and viticulture courses in Nannup.

In 2011, he became Assistant Coordinator at Geographe Community Landcare Nursery, Busselton, and in 2014 to the present, Nursery Coordinator (Nursery Manager).

Rod Cary is the Nursery Coordinator (Nursery Manager) of Geographe Community Landcare Nursery (Busselton).

Since 2002 at its present site, the nursery’s first production year was at the Capel Wetlands Centre on Tuart Drive.

Although the nursery’s main focus is the local flora of our region, the nursery also grows some Western Australian species from further afield in the greater South West.

In 2018, the nursery was incorporated as an association.

Our association objectives:
To provide local native plant species for use in both revegetation and urban landscapes and to provide opportunities for volunteers to participate in the work of the nursery.


In the new Amenity Building near the nursery entrance.

The nursery will be open from 1.30pm




February 15, 2020
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Geographe Community Landcare Nursery
366 Queen Elizabeth Avenue
Ambergate, Western Australia 6281 Australia
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