Garden club does lunch
EUROA Garden Club’s July annual luncheon was held at the Euroa Golf Club.
The 100 plus members and guests were delighted to see the sun shining after all the extremely cold winter we have been having.
President Deb welcomed everyone, morning tea was available before the guest speakers began.
Many thanks to the ladies that provided the beautiful flower arrangements, setting up the tables, morning tea, and prizes for raffles.
Our first guest speaker Louisa Dunn with her husband Peter, (5th generation farmers, since 1855), provided a very informative slide projection and talk on their potato growing farm “Top of the Range” at North Blackwood.
There are over 4000 varieties of potatoes in the world, and the Dunns’ grow 18 different varieties on their farm.
I didn’t realise how much preparation goes into not only preparing the soil but also grading the potatoes and taking into consideration the weather, frost, cockatoos, insects, fertilising, mould, weeds also planting, watering and taking care of the potatoes before the end product is on the supermarket shelf.
Sowing starts September–October, and the season finishes end of August the following year.
The Dunns’ sell their potatoes to major Supermarkets with only 10 per cent of their potatoes going on the shelf for sale.
Louisa gave us a tip, telling us that the potatoes that still have dirt on then, last longer as they are protected from the light from sending them green, there for a better buy.
Our second speaker, Cathy Olive “Euroa Arboretum,” explained to us that the Arboretum began in 1992.
The land of 27 hectares was previously farm property, then trucks and machinery were stored on some of this land when the freeway went around Euroa.
Over the years many changes have been made.
A large dam was built, much to the delight for many fishing enthusiasts, a 600 metre boardwalk, ponds in the wet lands for frogs and insect, metal sculptures and native nursery.
They also have control burning off in the native grass land area.
Various activities are held at the Arboretum e.g. fishing club days, butterfly week, stone tool day, bush map for kindergarten children, school environment education, garden lovers series, healthy hectares for small land owners and native plant nursery.
Long hours of work go into the upkeep of the Euroa Arboretum, many thanks to all the volunteers who work tirelessly to keep it to the standard it is today.
If you are looking for somewhere to keep your children amused, the Arboretum is an ideal place to visit.
At the end of our luncheon, native plants were available for sale in the sun shine outside the golf club. Thank you Cathy and Lyn. Louisa and Peter also had numerous varieties of potatoes on their truck for sale.
This was great as the varieties they had were different than we see in the supermarket.
Our next meeting is on August 18 at the Lawn Tennis Club. ( Daffodil Cup and plants to sell day).
The flowers for September are the Aster and Forget-Me-Not.
The Aster comes from the Greek meaning “Star”.
Aster symbolism qualities faith, wisdom, and love.
There are more than 600 different species, found in Nth. America, Europe, Asia and Sth. America.
Forget-Me-Not is associated with loving remembrance, and true love. Ancient Greek meaning “mouse ear’, referring to the shape of the leaf. Native of Europe and many species from New Zealand.
GARDENING IN THE SUN: Margaret Brook, Annette Diffey and Cathy Olive attend the Garden Club’s July annual luncheon at the Euroa Golf Club and are welcomed by some beautiful weather.
DIRTY POTATOES LAST LONGER: Garden Club members were given this tip by potato growers Peter and Louisa Dunn at their recent meeting and are eager to purchase some of the unusual varieties afterwards.