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3 A focus on gardens without all the effort of a public event will permit an ongoing focus of education for members and the enjoyment of sharing our gardening experiences. The large effort put into TENGO has resulted in a reduced focus on monthly field trips and it is anticipated we will be in a position for a renewed effort on field activities in the coming year. In an attempt to provide a diverse and timely field schedule, all members are invited to a special planning meeting on 10th December to focus on activities for 2017. The planning session will be followed by a Xmas get together at Dripstone Cliffs. Field trips over the last year have been interspersed with other events. In December 2015 we visited the Jingili Water Gardens at Rapid Creek for a walk before partaking of a Christmas spread. Sarah hosted us for a trip to her block at Darwin River in January. Our enjoyment of the wet season growth continued with a visit to the rainforests at East Point in February. In that month we also ran a stall at the Goyder Day celebration which was held at the launch of a new park on the site of Goyders camp at the waterfront. March and April had us back in the Darwin rural area with two days of weed mapping with Greening Australia on the Howard Sand Plains and a tour of Emily and Duncans block at Girraween. In May we held a joint field trip with Greening Australia to explore the sandsheet heath vegetation adjacent to the Humpty Doo Golf Course. A great day with over 50 participants and a range of speakers addressing topics from geology to revegetation. In June members teamed up with the Environment Centre NT for a Meet the Creek Tour. The Atlas Moth host plant Litsea glutinosa was a focus of a trip to the Territory Wildlife Park in July. In August we ran a stall and presented talks at the Garden Fair held at George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens. Again we ran a stall at the Pop Up Zoo for Threatened Species Day in September. Later in the month the Ebsworths hosted our visit to their block at Darwin River. The progress that Peter and Jude have made in managing weeds on their property is inspirational. Areas that were heavily infested with exotics a few years ago are now dominated by native species. Wangi Falls was the focus of our field excursion in October to take advantage of the new seasons growth of the monsoon rainforest species, along with a great swimming hole! We have our annual plant sale at Coolalinga later this month and the November field trip is to Darwin River Dam. In similar fashion to the variety of field activities, a diverse array of topics was covered at monthly meetings. Rod Baker talked about Green Plum, Buchanania obovata, fruit production. Pilbara conservation was the focus by Mike Clark from Greening Australia. Brydie Hill from the Flora and Fauna Division of the NT Government told us about the current review of the list of threatened species in the NT and welcomed members to contribute to the discussion about threatened plants. We heard from Sean Bellairs of Charles Darwin University about the work done by Yeresha Hearth, a recipient of the Top End Native Plant Society Scholarship, on re-establishment of native vegetation following disturbance on the Howard Sand Plains. Nick Cuff from the NT Herbarium took us on a tour of sandmass vegetation of Cape York Peninsular. Sandy landscapes appeared again with a talk about central Australian deserts by Dave Liddle. This provided a contrast with the mountains of New Guinea that featured in a talk on the Kokoda Trail by Zig Madycki. Russell Dempster led us on a walk on the Jatbula Trail between Nitmiluk and Leliyn. Zig returned with a talk on wildflowers at Lesueur National park in Western Australia. Tonight we will round off a diverse and informative series with a talk by Ian Morris. Previous interest and efforts to draw attention to a heritage listed Milkwood, Alstonia