Gal­ston Gar­den Club

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Gardening -

Gal­ston Com­mu­nity Hall was awash with colour as mem­bers ar­rived for our Septem­ber meet­ing. There were flow­er­ing pots & vases of flow­ers spread through­out the room as we en­tered, from the last of the camel­lias grac­ing the length of the Ex­ec­u­tive ta­ble, the flow­er­ing plants that would be raf­fled that night, the suc­cesses of mem­bers plants for “Show and Tell” to the rows and rows of pot­ted peren­ni­als brought in by our guest speaker Jeremy Critch­ley of the Green Gallery Nursery, Quarry Rd., Du­ral. Jeremy spoke with pas­sion of his love of pro­duc­ing premium pot­ted flow­er­ing peren­ni­als and the love he has for his nursery which he started 10 years ago. The nursery grew from a germ of an idea at the back of an Ital­ian gar­dener’s piece of land to the thriv­ing and vi­able busi­ness it is to­day. Jeremy is de­ter­mined to bring best busi­ness prac­tice to his nursery us­ing or­ganic and en­vi­ron­men­tal prin­ci­pals in his quest to pro­vide a plant that is strong, healthy and thriv­ing. To this end he trav­els to Europe to find the lat­est colours as well as the new­est va­ri­eties of old favourites. Club mem­bers ea­gerly snapped up the pot­ted colour he had brought along as many were not yet re­leased for sale….and we all know how gar­den­ers love to have some­thing new or unique in their gar­den, even if it is just a new colour re­lease.

With our Open Gar­dens Week­end on 20th-22nd

Oc­to­ber draw­ing ever closer, gar­dens are be­ing pre­pared, signs are go­ing up and ad­ver­tis­ing brochures are be­ing dis­trib­uted far and wide. As our ma­jor fundraiser for the year, with all prof­its go­ing to the char­i­ties that have been se­lected by the gar­den own­ers and the com­mit­tee. This month we look at an­other four of our 8 beau­ti­ful gar­dens, again burst­ing with ideas that will in­spire us in our own gar­dens, big and small. So walk­ing shoes back on, cam­eras at the ready let’s start at Der­ri­wong Rd., Du­ral’s “Red Creek” which has the mag­nif­i­cent 30 me­tre Blue Gums grow­ing round the red creek which is coloured by nat­u­ral iron de­posits. The creek is bor­dered by shade lov­ing plants with bridges and path­ways giv­ing a re­lax­ing rain­for­est ef­fect. Then trek on down to “Pukekura Park” on Gal­ston Rd this is one of the gar­dens you can spy from the road and are in­trigued to see more. Open for the first time this is an old es­tab­lished gar­den in an English style at the front and the rear is Ja­panese in­spired with in­ter­con­nected koi ponds. Not far away is “Kai­lynd” in Cotswold Rd Du­ral which you ap­proach up the long tree lined drive­way, open­ing up to the beau­ti­fully land­scaped lake with ex­ten­sive plant­ings and a new foun­tain. The for­mal parterre gar­den will de­light those who love for­mal­ity in the gar­den. Fi­nally make your way to “Ele­gans” Fish­burns Rd Gal­ston which is many a gar­dener’s favourite. This col­lec­tor’s gar­den is home to a huge range of plants, for those who have been be­fore there is a new Chi­nese style pav­il­ion and gar­den, and, as all gar­dens do, it con­tin­ues to evolve ev­ery year. Here you can en­joy morn­ing and af­ter­noon tea, the plant stall as well as books, pre­serves and jams for sale made by many of the lo­cal com­mu­nity. The gar­dens are open from 9.30-4.30 tick­ets are $20 which gives en­trance to all gar­dens, or $5 per gar­den, chil­dren un­der 18 free. For en­quiries: Bill Flem­ing 9653 2394, check our web­site or email: gal­ston­gar­den­

Gar­den Club meets on the 2nd Wed­nes­day of the month at the Gal­ston Com­mu­nity Cen­tre 37 Ar­ca­dia Rd., Gal­ston 8.00pm, new mem­bers and vis­i­tors are warmly wel­comed. For other in­for­ma­tion, visit our web­site:­ston­gar­den­

Pukekura Park



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