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February/March 2017 Newsletter

GARDEN CLUBS OF AUSTRALIA AWARDS

peter and karenAt the recent Garden Clubs of Australia AGM, two of our members received awards.  Our President Karen Granger received the Gwenda Hansford Award for outstanding service by a member of an affiliated club to the environment.  Past President Peter Varman received the Doris Killian Award for outstanding service by an individual to the community.  Congratulations to Karen and Peter!

December 2016/ January 2017 Newsletter

October/November 2016 Newsletter

TRIP TO ANL SITE, FOREST REEFS AND MILLTHORPE

10th of September trip.   Not wonderful weather and wet under foot but still a very interesting and enjoyable day.  First stop was the ANL Site at Browns Creek.   Rob from ANL gave us a very informative talk about their operation.  Then it was on to Forest Reefs to visit a lovely garden.  At one stage though we all thought we might have to push the bus.  After a lunch break in Millthorpe it was off to Millthorpe Nursery.  It is a lovely nursery and private garden.  The bus was a bit heavier on the way home with all our purchases.

SEPTEMBER 4TH MEETING

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MEETING SCHEDULED FOR THE 4TH OF SEPTEMBER HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE INCLEMENT WEATHER.   OUR NEXT MEETING WILL BE ON THE 2ND OF OCTOBER.

Trip to Cairns

20 members enjoyed a wonderful week in Cairns from the 9th to 16th of August.   So many highlights!  For many it would have been the visit to The Botanical Ark where Alan and Susan Carle have converted an old cattle station into a tropical rainforest.  They have collected seeds from rainforests all over the world.  At Rainforest Heart Orchard we tasted some interesting fruits and Davidson Plum Tea which has three times the antioxidents as blueberries.  Thank you to Matt Mitchley and Lorraine and Neil Forgie who generously allowed us to visit their lovely homes and gardens.  Not to mention all the amazing lunches, morning and afternoon teas!  Thank you Ted and Coral for organising such a great trip.

Our last Winter Meeting.

Our August meeting was our last one indoors for a while.  John and Ruth Allen were the guest speakers sharing their extensive knowledge of Orchids.

Our August 5 meeting will be held in the Walshaw Hall, Church Street, Bathurst at 2pm. Our guest speak is Sarah a Florist/Horticulturist who owns her own business, Sarah Cox Designs. Her passion developed at the age of 15 when she started to grow flowers and veggies. Sarah went on to obtain a degree in Horticulture and has owned two nurseries and helped co-ordinate and set up floristry in the Central West. Sarah also teaches both floristry and horticulture at TAFE.

Sarah will be demonstrating an arrangement of beautiful flowers.

The September 2 meeting will be our first garden outing for spring. The meeting will be held at 2pm at the garden of Jennifer and Tim at 2 Robindale Court, Robin Hill. Situated on the foothills of Mt Panorama this one-acre garden has evolved over the last nine years. There are extensive terraced areas on the southern steep side, sweeping sloping lawns, hedges, and changing garden levels. All the gardens are heavily planted with a collection of natives, European trees and shrubs, which are under planted with bulbs, annuals and perennials to ensure all year colour.From Bathurst, travel along the Blayney Road and turn left into Boundary Road. Then right into Robindale Court. No 2 is the first house on the right. Parking will be along the street.

 

For further details about the meetings, please contact Elizabeth on 0416 115 796.  Please bring a cup a chair and a plate of food to share for afternoon tea.