Glorious day for the garden club members

Horticulturalist John Gallagher is assisting Helen Evans to bring her garden to a manageable level. Photo. Supplied
Horticulturalist John Gallagher is assisting Helen Evans to bring her garden to a manageable level. Photo. Supplied

About 40 members of Gloucester Garden Club had a fun time on a glorious late winter day at their meeting in Helen Evans’ garden on August 23.

Helen explained that due to circumstances, her Fairbairns subdivision garden was not up to its previous high standard.

This did not deter members from wandering around after morning tea with local horticulturalist, John Gallagher doing tours to explain how he was going to bring the garden back to its former glory but in a much easier way for Helen to maintain.

Members were given a selection of gardens to visit in September, with many indicating they wished to join Krambach Garden Club when it visits Christine and Peter Hefferman’s beautifully landscaped garden at Nabiac on Monday, September 25.

Some decided to go to Walcha Garden Club’s luncheon on Friday, September 8 and others to join Killabakh Garden Club on their bus going to Plant Lovers Fair at Kariong on Saturday, September 23.

Club president, Shirley Hazell welcomed and presented badges to new members, Annette Brackham and Gloria Baker from Stroud.

Helen Evans was congratulated on passing her Certificate of Performance piano music exam and she played a Chopin waltz in E flat for the enjoyment of those present.

Everyone enjoys Margaret Blamires educational session on “Things to do in Spring”, including the tip that now is a good time to put in new plants, but remember to soak the rootball before you plant as a dry rootball is hard to wet once in the ground.

In the Show and Tell segment Robert Mendham showed how to plant up a wicking bucket.

Julia Stuart entertained everyone with her humorous story of growing peas.

Bev Jackson proudly showed off her first native orchid flower.

Fruit and vegie competition winners were:


  • Peter Hazell (Broccoli) first,
  • Merlene Curby (White Onion) second,
  • Keith Franks (Broccoli) third.


  • Pearl Beggs (Bromeliad) first,
  • Shirley Hazell (Cineraria) second,
  • Frank Beggs (Gladiolus) third.

Raffle: Helen Thomson, Judy Holstein, Joan Harwood, Judy Holstein, Peter Hazell

Lucky Door: Bruce Barnes

Membership Draw: Diana Rosenbaum (not present, jackpots to $60)

The next meeting will be a day in the country with the meeting in Marie Laurie’s garden at Moppy.

More details in the next newsletter.