Ter­raced gar­den de­lights

Chinchilla News - - LIFE - Contributed

GREY skies did not dampen the spir­its of the Le­ich­hardt Gar­den Club mem­bers as they vis­ited the gar­den of Cameron and Christie McLen­nan, Ri­chon, Ta­room, for their Oc­to­ber gath­er­ing.

The Ri­chon house has been well po­si­tioned on top of a hill with spec­tac­u­lar 360-de­gree panoramic views. The ter­raced gardens ex­tend around the ex­trem­i­ties with nu­mer­ous well-placed steps lead­ing from one level to the next. Cameron and Christie have only re­cently moved to Ri­chon, so the gar­den is in the early stages of devel­op­ment but ra­di­ates cre­ativ­ity and po­ten­tial.

Ground cov­ers and hardy plants fill each gar­den bed on each level. Christie also has a num­ber of roses dot­ted through­out the es­carp­ments, and sup­ple­mented with odd­i­ties such as a barbed wire hat, adding in­ter­est to all as­pects in this easy-care gar­den.

This month was a lit­tle dif­fer­ent in that there was a plethora of speak­ers cov­er­ing a di­verse range of top­ics with Adam Clark talk­ing on veg­eta­bles and gar­den­ing with the moon, Ineke Hay talk­ing on the plant­ing and care of fruit trees, and also Sue Presho talk­ing about how to gar­den us­ing hay bales, pri­mar­ily veg­etable grow­ing.

All pre­sen­ters were en­gag­ing and help­ful while giv­ing com­mon­sense ideas and sug­ges­tions. Gar­den Club mem­bers were asked to bring along a flower for a small dis­play. A rose from the gar­den of Tracee Hay, pres­i­dent of the club, was given the blue rib­bon. Com­pe­ti­tion was very close.

The next meet­ing of the Le­ich­hardt Gar­den Club will be held in the gar­den of Trent and Anna Radel, Sand­stone Park, Ta­room. As this will be the Christ­mas break-up, there will be a shared lunch as well as the tra­di­tional cut­ting of the Christ­mas cake. Guest speaker will be Brian Sams, a well-known hor­ti­cul­tur­ist from Toowoomba.

This day not to be missed is on Wednesday, Novem­ber 8, com­menc­ing at 10.30 am. Re­mem­ber to bring a chair, hat, lunch and a friend.

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

SPEC­TAC­U­LAR VIEWS: Grey skies did not dampen the spir­its of the Le­ich­hardt Gar­den Club mem­bers as they vis­ited the gar­den of Cameron and Christie McLen­nan, Ri­chon, Ta­room, for their Oc­to­ber gath­er­ing.

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