Foraging for wild mushrooms

On Saturday 14 May, the library hosted a Mushroom Foraging excursion with Adelaide horticulturalist Kate Grigg.

We took a group of 15 guests to Pine Park in Tea Tree Gully and then onto South Australian state forest near Mount Crawford. It wasn’t long before we had collected a decent amount of mushrooms, garlic and other edible flowers & greens.

Our guide Kate has been a forager of wild mushrooms for over 18 years in South Australia, particularly in the Adelaide Hills region. She’s passionate about teaching others about many of the edible goods that lie in our native bushland and pine forests, including mushrooms but also native greens, flowers and berries. Like anything, it’s about knowing what you need to look for.

Edible flowers in Tea Tree Gully

Who knew these pretty pink flowers are edible – we ate all of the ones we found in Pine Park, in Tea Tree Gully

A few things Kate taught us about spotting edible wild mushrooms:

  • Don’t eat any mushroom with white spores (the part underneath the top of the mushroom). If in doubt – leave it out.
  • Cut the stems off any edible mushrooms you find. Then put them back under the pine needles, to help the next flush of mushrooms bloom.
  • Don’t eat raw mushrooms – they are harder to digest. It is always best to cook any wild mushrooms you find. The heat will break down any mild toxins in wild mushrooms.
  • Avoid all umbrella shaped mushrooms – these are the deadly ones. They often have lovely and iridescent colouring, but don’t be fooled. Take photos, but please please please don’t eat them.

Horticulturalist Kate Grigg, expert mushroom guide.


On the hunt for goodies, in state forest near Mt Crawford.

The most common kind of mushrooms we came across were saffron milk caps and slippery jacks,  which are the normal sort found in Australian pine forests.


Some of our finds on the foraging trip – dock leaves, ginger, pine mushrooms, saffron milk cap and Slippery Jack mushrooms.


Many colourful and magical mushrooms were also spotted – but Kate was quick to point out these are often poisonous and absolutely inedible.


The weather was perfect and it seemed the more mushrooms we found, the more we continued to find. We discovered an edible feast spread over the pine forest floor.

After lots of gathering and walking, we cooked our wild mushrooms in olive oil and in some of the garlic we found in Pine Park.

Paired with some sourdough bread, our mushrooms proved to be a delicious morning tea on a misty autumn day.

International Games Day @ The Library Sat 21 November

Anyone can play games, whether you’re 1 or 101!

International Games Day

On Saturday 21 November, Tea Tree Gully Library will be joining thousands of libraries across the world for the eighth annual International Games Day @ Your Library

There will be everything from charades, chess and Monopoly, to giant Pacman and a cricket play-off. You are welcome to bring along your favourite games to share with other players on the day.

Plus we’ll have an assortment of board games to try, like Pictionary, Upwords, Jenga, Cranium and more.

You can choose to join in a group session or play any game at your own leisure.

We’ll be hosting sessions on playing:

12-12.20pm Pictionary Play-Off

12-12.30pm Come and Try a New Board game

12.30-12.50pm Uno Tournament

1-1.20pm Outside fun in Civic Park

1.30-1.50pm Twister in the Teen Area

2.30-3pm Cricket in Civic Park

No bookings are required. Just come along on the day. Bring your family and friends and anyone else you’d like to get competitive with!

Bushfire Awareness Talk Wed 22 July


A bushfire safety and awareness talk for Australians whose first language is not English.

The Country Fire Service will present an easy-English presentation with simple bushfire safety messages, ways to stay informed, bushfire behaviour and discuss people’s experience of fire. Easy English and translated materials will be provided.

Where: City of Tea Tree Gully Library Community Learning Centre
When: Wed 22 July 10.30am-noon

Bookings are essential. Book online or phone 83397 7333

NBN Info Session Wed 22 July

What is the NBN? When is it coming? How much will it cost? How do you get ready for it? How do you connect?

NBN Info Session

To answer these and other questions, NBN Co and the City of Tea Tree Gully invite you to attend an NBN Community Information Session: You and the NBN – getting ready and getting connected.

This is your opportunity to hear from NBN Co and Internet service providers on:

  • What to consider before you connect
  • How to connect
  • Pricing and packages

When: Wednesday 22 July
1-2pm Sit-down presentation  – book here
2-5pm Drop-in for a coffee & a quick personal Q&A – no bookings required
6-7pm Sit-down presentation – book here

Bookings are essential. Book online through the links above or phone 8397 7333.

What’s it like to volunteer at the Library?

Last week Tea Tree Gully Library celebrated National Volunteer Week, and all of the good work they do. The Library simply could not function without the devotion and energy of our volunteers, who come from many different backgrounds and ages. One of our youngest volunteers is Sophie, who recently gave us some feedback on her experience helping with the Library’s Digital Hub. We would like to encourage anyone interested in volunteering at the Library, or another council-run facility, to visit the Volunteer Vacancies website

Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from and how did you come to end up as a volunteer at the Tea Tree Gully Library?

Hi, I’m Sophie!  I spend my Tuesday afternoons volunteering at the Digital Hub in Tea Tree Gully library.  I’m originally from Canada but moved here from England where I lived for four years, after having lived in Upstate New York for 11 years!

While visiting the Tea Tree Gully website I saw an ad about volunteering at the Digital Hub, and after making a phone call, meeting up with some coordinators, and having an interview, I was in!

What kinds of things do you provide volunteer assistance with at the library?

I work at the Digital Hub, helping mostly seniors learn how to use technology more effectively on  iPads, laptops, computers, iPods, or phones.

You are one of our youngest volunteers at the library, and you work with some of our most elderly customers. Is the age gap an issue and are people shocked when they see how young you are? 

The age gap doesn’t seem to be a problem in the least!  I think the elderly people love seeing a young face.  Sometimes when someone arrives for a lesson, even though I am right there, they stand around and seem to be wondering where their teacher is!  I approach them with a smile and ask them, “Are you here for the Digital Hub?”  I sometimes receive a surprised look but they don’t seem to mind at all.

What is it about volunteering you enjoy – where do you get your moments of joy?

It is such a joy to be able to explain things and solve problems that have been such a pain to the customer.  I love seeing the excitement on their face when they understand how to navigate or use a certain product.  It is always fun to amaze them with handy new tricks like copy and pasting (my most popular one)! I love hearing positive reports from staff members about people who have really appreciated a session.

What are some of the challenges with volunteering?

I think the biggest challenge is thinking up solutions on the spot and figuring out how to explain them as clearly as I can.

You are so young and the world is your oyster. Why have you made the choice to volunteer at such a young age, rather than go out and party, enjoy your hobbies and friends?

I thought volunteering would be the perfect way to get a taste of what a job might be like.  And I am actually enjoying my hobbies at the hub by teaching and exploring technology!  I have even met some lovely new people whom I am getting to know. I enjoy my regular customers!

What would you say to someone who is interested in volunteering, but is slightly hesitant about giving it a go?

Don’t let an opportunity such as volunteering pass you by!  It is a perfect way to get some great experience and meet some lovely people along the way.  You will never regret doing something that is not just beneficial for yourself but also for the many people who you will be helping.  It doesn’t hurt to give volunteering a try but you will probably end up continuing once you’ve started!

History of the Holden Car

Hear about the dramas with the arrival of the Holden car in South Australia. Author and Holden historian Don Loffler will be at the City of Tea Tree Gully Library on Saturday 7 February to talk cars and Aussie life.

Holden cars

Hear all about the dramas associated with the arrival of the Holden car in Australia

Copies of Don’s books will be available for purchase.

Date and time: Sat 7 February 2-3pm.

Venue: City of Tea Tree Gully Library

Book online here or phone 8397 7333.

For those in need and impacted by the Adelaide bushfires

Anyone in need and impacted by the ‪#‎bushfire‬, emergency relief centres are currently open at Golden Grove and Willaston to provide food, financial assistance and emergency accommodation. There is a range of goods including toiletries, pet food, vouchers, baby goods and more.

You can find the emergency relief centres at:

Golden Grove Recreation Centre
The Golden Way
Golden Grove

View Golden Grove Recreation Centre on Google Maps

Willaston Football Club
Kelly Road
View Willaston Football Club on Google Maps

Recovery hotline

The SA Bushfire Recovery hotline is open on 1800 302 787. The hotline is for people who have lost their home, suffered trauma or other loss – or for others wanting to provide financial donations to support affected communities.

If you are affected by the fires, call this number for information about emergency grants. Grants are available for essential items such as food and clothing. Grants provide for up to $280 per adult and up to $140 per child, to a maximum of $700 per family.

For information and warnings about ongoing fires, visit the CFS website.

Road closures

See the SA Police website for fire-related road closures.


To help people affected by the fires, visit the Volunteering SA website and follow the links.


Donations to the State Emergency Relief Fund can be made in a number of ways. For full information see Bushfire donations.

The emergency relief centres have been inundated with generous gifts of food and clothing. Please do not donate goods as the relief centres are not able to manage any further donations.

Donations for firefighting support can be made to the CFS.

Please be careful of websites seeking donations and door knockers representing the CFS or any other charity. The CFS have made clear that they do NOT collect money in this way.


Treatment of injured animals

The University of Adelaide Veterinary School at Roseworthy is open to treat injured animals:

Roseworthy Campus
1454 Mudla Wirra Rd

Phone: 8313 1999
Fax: 8313 7736

The Animal Welfare League of Australia will be taking calls from 10.00 am (4 January 2015) on 8348 1300.

Pets and their People vet surgeries are offering free consultations for pets (excluding horses) that have been injured in the fire. Medications will be charged at cost only. Please phone a surgery for advice or an appointment:

  • Fulham Gardens – 8355 5475
  • Black Forest – 8351 6066
  • Unley – 8272 3400.


To volunteer to help with the care of animals, contact Volunteering SA.

Feed donations

Stock feed can be donated to RSPCA’s Lonsdale shelter (25 Meyer Road, Lonsdale) weekdays between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm weekdays or 10.00 am to 2.00 pm weekends.

Pet food (dry or wet), towels and blankets can be donated to the RSPCA Lonsdale shelter or Stepney office (16 Nelson St, Stepney) during business hours 9.00 am to – 5.00 pm.

Property damage

Damage assessment teams are on the ground assessing properties in areas where it is safe to do so. If your property has been damaged SA Police will contact you when the assessment is complete.

For general enquiries about property in the bushfire-affected area, go to one of the emergency relief centres listed at the top of this page.

For information about road closures and access to areas affected by the fires see the SA Police website.