ROWAN Blackmore has turned his backyard into a haven for tropical fruit trees, nurturing a variety of plants seldom associated with Bendigo's climate.
For the next two days, he will be sharing the fruits of his labours with visitors to Lyttleton Terrace store Johnny's Fruit and Veggies.
More than 17 specimens of tropical fruit trees will be on display at the store from 10am - 3pm on Friday and Saturday.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to taste tropical fruits like jackfruit and mangosteen.
One of the exhibition's aims is to raise awareness of the variety of fruit trees able to be grown in Bendigo.
"We just want to share what we're passionate about," Mr Blackmore said.
He has been growing exotic trees in Bendigo for about six years.
Mr Blackmore studied horticulture at Bendigo TAFE before working at Macdonalds Nursery.
He spent some time living and working in Cairns before returning to Bendigo.
Mr Blackmore's collection of exotic trees includes miracle fruit, chocolate pudding fruit, peanut butter fruit, soursop, guanabana and Brazilian custard apple.
"I grow them all in pots and stuff here," he said.
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While he said some tropical plants would grow if planted directly in Bendigo's soil, some parts of the city were more hospitable than others.
"Winter is always the hardest part," Mr Blackmore said.
The trees would spend some time inside to make it through the year's coldest conditions.
Mr Blackmore said he would spend most of Friday and Saturday at Johnny's Fruit and Veggies to answer any questions people had about growing tropical fruit trees.
Entry would be free of charge and bookings were not required.
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