A garden overflowing with colour

Vibrant: The lilac wysteria frames Kerry and David Marston's verandah as Kerry describes some of her bonsai collection and the best techniques for successfully cultivating the intriguing plants.

Vibrant: The lilac wysteria frames Kerry and David Marston's verandah as Kerry describes some of her bonsai collection and the best techniques for successfully cultivating the intriguing plants.

Spring was in the air on September 26, when Gloucester Garden Club met at Kerry and David Marston’s on Bundook Road. From the front garden we were greeted by the most spectacular view across the Barrington River Valley. 

The lawn disappeared below at a ha ha wall – a recessed landscape element that creates a vertical barrier while preserving an uninterrupted view. The Barrington River and North Coast Railway line meandered below. 

Fifteen years ago the exposed site was regularly battered by strong winds but now, with well established windbreaks, the garden flourishes. Bright flower beds, wisteria vines, unusual tropical birch trees, a tuckeroo tree, flowering shrubs and azaleas, added to the beauty.  

Immaculate vegetable plots, rose and native gardens, the chook yard, many fruit trees and 15 varieties of citrus grace the backyard, all protected by a rabbit-proof fence. 

Kerry gave an interesting talk on the history of bonsai, and her display of them, the oldest of which is 23 years, was amazing. Our thanks to Kerry and David for hosting our meeting in their lovely garden.

We were introduced to Jennifer, one of the new co-owners of Gloucester Garden Centre, and heard of her past experience and plans for the centre.

Anne Williamson urgently needs more volunteers to help on the rosters for the Dig Gloucester weekend on October 13-14. Members were reminded about the decorated lawnmower and wheelbarrow competition. Plants for the stall that weekend can be delivered beforehand to Dot Harris, 77 Relfs Road. 

Terry Curby’s poppy won the flower competition, second was Peter Hazell’s orchid and third was Frank Beggs’ granny’s bonnet. Merlene Curby’s asparagus won the vegetable competition, second was Shirley Hazell’s rhubarb and third was Peter Hazells’ beetroot.

The next meeting on October 24, is at Colin and Sally Martin’s on Bowman Farm Road. Please see the October 17 Advocate for directions.

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