Coming up roses:
The Benalla Garden Club recently welcomed guest speakers Dianne and Graham Sargeant from Silkie Rose Nursery at Clonbinane. They operate the only organic rose nursery in Australia. Graham began breeding his own rose varieties seven years ago , and after about 12 attempts created Gra’s Blu. He said, ‘‘You just put your finger in the rose and get the pollen, then put that on the rose you want to cross it with. You play at being a bee.’’ Pictured is Garden club member Elaine Cotton showing off the roses she bought on at the event.