It always amazes me that there is still so much that you can learn about gardening & the variety of interests that are catered for, from the casual gardener to the professional nurseryman. Leanne Johnston, our Guest Speaker this month is an Environmental Scientist with Hornsby Shire Council & her talk on how to make our gardens “Critter Friendly” from tiny insects to large marsupials gave us many ideas that we can incorporate into our garden, large or small. From the basic that mulching creates habitat for insects by promoting hummus & compost, to grouping grasses in clumps of three’s, each 2 metres apart so that small birds can flee to safety. Then onto the different types of plants that encourages small birds hint….choose natives with small flowers so that the larger birds don’t compete for the nectar! She encouraged us to think about the animals that already exist in your garden & how to encourage & keep them in your garden by providing natural food sources, homes/shelter from predators & the elements as well as water. While your garden may not be big she suggested creating a small patch of native grasses & shrubs in large pots & hanging baskets if necessary, and everybody can hang up a Bee Hotel somewhere! She left us with three good gardening habits that will encourage wildlife into your garden. 1) Minimise chemical use by manual removal & observing your plants, if the plant is not looking good, address the problem early, 2) Plant some local species & 3) Mulch. Leanne recommended the Atlas of Living Australia website www.Ala.org.au where you can look up your street & find how many species are in your street.
Our Guest Speaker next month will be Ross Bolwell from Bloomin’ Greenery Nursery Annangrove, he be will speaking on Begonias. We hope to see you at one of our club meetings & to join us for another happy gardening year. Garden Club meets on the 2nd Weds of the month at the Galston Community Centre 37 Arcadia Rd., Galston 8.00pm, new members are warmly welcomed. For other information, visit our website: www.galstongardenclub.com.au
Our cuttings table was very popular this month as a large number of plants were made freely available from members gardens for striking. It is always a thrill when a plant takes & eventually you can plant them in your garden.
Our President & Secretary attended the Inaugural UNSH Rose Show evening presentation at the Galston Community Centre on 8th April. What a marvellous display of roses with a large number of entrants, a great encouragement for the committee who had obviously worked very hard to put on the Show.
Remember…save the date for our Open Gardens Weekend 19th, 20th & 21st October. If you would like to be a part of this wonderful weekend, by opening your garden, please contact our Open Gardens Convenor Bill Fleming on 96532394 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Social committee has been very busy organising interesting Guest speakers for our meetings & upcoming outings. The guest speaker this month was Ken Bradley, the Garden Clubs Australia representative on the committee for the Remembrance Driveway from Canberra to Sydney. The Remembrance Driveway commemorates those wo have served in the ADF from World War II up to & including subsequent wars or operational theatres around the world in defence of our nation. The hope is that as people see this living memorial garden that runs, from Sydney to Canberra, that’s 320 km of garden, we will remember those who serve & sacrifice for our country. He spoke of the support given by the RMS, sponsors & public support as they maintain, improve & grow the garden. Each rest stop along the highway is named after a Victoria Cross awardee; there are currently 18 in NSW & 5 in Canberra each with a plaque to read the citation. The committee is currently researching all names on cenotaphs & in our local area of Galston they are trying to find any information about the Wilson family who are on the cenotaph. Please contact Ken Bradley via the RMS web page or www.remeberancedriveway.org.au if you know of the family or have any information to assist them. Our Guest Speaker for April will be Leanne Johnson an Environmental Scientist speaking on Bush care & Native Plants.
Each month we have a time in the meeting for Show & Tell. This is an encouraging time as members bring in plants & flowers from their gardens to display & share growing tips or difficulties. It may be a plant, flowering bulb, a tricky plant to bring to flower or just the excitement of a beautiful rose. From the unusual to the common the gardener is encouraged and there is much pride in sharing their passion with like-minded & appreciative people.
The Open Gardens committee is making preliminary preparations for this year’s Open Gardens Weekend, so save the dates of 19th, 20th & 21st October. If you are a garden owner who would like to be a part of the Open Gardens weekend or if you know someone who might be interested in being part of our Open Gardens weekend, the Open Gardens Committee is always on the lookout for new gardens to maintain the variety of differently styled gardens in the district. Please contact Bill Fleming our Open Gardens Convenor on 96532394 or email: email@example.com if you would like to be a part of this wonderful event.
We hope to see you at one of our club meetings & to join us for another happy gardening year.
Garden Club meets on the 2nd Weds of the month at the Galston Community Centre 37 Arcadia Rd., Galston 8.00pm, new members are warmly welcomed. For other information, visit our website: www.galstongardenclub.com.au
GARDENING CLUB INFORMATION
The club was established in 1983 when a number of interested people met in the Community Centre in Arcadia Road, and continues to flourish. In an area noted for its nurseries and semi rural ambience the club has an important role in the life of the local community.
This role is highlighted each year when the club holds its annual Open Gardens Weekend to raise money for various charitable organisations. Commenced in 1991 this event has raised many thousands of dollars for both local and more broadly based worthy causes.
We are pleased to have as our Patron Mrs Judy Horton, the well known horticulturalist, author and broadcaster.
The club meets at 8pm on the 2nd Wednesday of each month (December and January excepted) in the Galston Community Centre (formerly the Galston School of Arts), 37 Arcadia Road, Galston. Activities organised by the club include:-
– Guest speakers on a wide range of gardening topics
– Trading table where plants can be purchased at very reasonable prices
– Coach tours to various gardens, nurseries, parks and other places of gardening interest.
– Provision of a comprehensive library of gardening related books and DVDs which can be borrowed through the Club Librarian.
– An opportunity to socialise at the conclusion of the meetings when supper is served.