Novem­ber meet in an ide­al­is­tic set­ting

Euroa Gazette - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

THE Euroa Gar­den Club Novem­ber meet­ing was held at Deb­bie and Wayne El­lis’ pic­turesque prop­erty set in an ide­al­is­tic set­ting at the foot of the Strath­bo­gie Ranges (Cur­ries Lane Euroa).

Be­fore I men­tion the gar­den to which I might add was the place for the an­nual gen­eral meet­ing, busi­ness was at the fore­front.

Jim Brook chaired the meet­ing to which of­fice bear­ers that were up for nom­i­na­tion were re­elected for a fur­ther year.

Re­sults were Chris­tine John as (pres­i­dent), Anita Kubeil as (sec­re­tary) and Glenda Se­lenger as (trea­surer).

A small gift was pre­sented to Betty Parow by mem­bers to say thank you for her tire­less work that she has put in over the last fif­teen years han­dling the raf­fle tick­ets.

Betty will be step­ping down from this po­si­tion and pass­ing it onto another mem­ber.

Hosts for the day Deb and Wayne pur­chased their fifty acre prop­erty in 1995.

As you en­ter through the gates you are im­me­di­ately im­pressed by the av­enue of twenty Golden Elms that were planted in 1996 which fol­low the drive­way to their home.

The home was built and fin­ished in 1999 and this area has been fenced off to keep it sep­a­rate from the farm, with Wayne los­ing more and more of the land to Deb’s po­ten­tial gar­den.

The gar­den area fin­ished up be­ing about an acre and you can im­me­di­ately see that our host gar­den has been cre­ated with a pas­sion, which was clearly in­her­ited from her Mum Linda Watkins who has a lovely gar­den her­self.

Deb who is af­fec­tion­ately known as “Chub” to her close friends, spends many an early morn­ing and evening in her gar­den when time per­mits.

I don’t know how this re­mark­able lady gets the time re­quired to look af­ter her fam­ily, run a very suc­cess­ful cater­ing busi­ness and go about the day to day tasks needed of run­ning the farm.

This lady also finds time to help oth­ers, get in­volved with nu­mer­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions and help out those who need a hand from time to time.

Now to the gar­den it­self, it is well laid out with quite huge boul­ders fram­ing var­i­ous sec­tions.

Help was needed get­ting them there, Wayne and a mate did this hard yakka trans­port­ing these heavy stones from a Strath­bo­gie prop­erty and they com­ple­ment the sur­rounds.

The flow­er­ing sec­tion of the gar­den is colour­ful and with the many var­i­ous plants, colour seems to be on show most of the year.

Deb has a unique way of nam­ing the plants, not by their Latin names, nor their com­mon names, but by the fam­ily and friends that gave them to her ini­tially.

Spray­ing, weed­ing, prun­ing, mow­ing the man­i­cured lawn ar­eas helps Deb chill out in her busy life­style.

Wayne is also a busy man work­ing at Seven Creeks Es­tate as stock man­ager, look­ing af­ter the farm which con­sist of cat­tle and sheep and of course, help­ing Deb out at cater­ing func­tions when needed.

I my­self would like to make men­tion that af­ter two years writ­ing the Euroa Gar­den Club notes for The Euroa Gazette, I will be step­ping down from this po­si­tion at the end of the year.

I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank all those peo­ple that gave me pos­i­tive feed­back over this pe­riod and I wish my re­place­ment all the best writ­ing for this fab­u­lous club.

Com­pe­ti­tion win­ners were specimen cut or bloom to Mar­garet Brook, 1 cut of flori­bunda to Irene Gilliland, Posy of Herbs to June Lewis and Christ­mas ar­range­ment to Coral Cox.

The club’s Christ­mas Breakup Din­ner will be held at Euroa Golf Club on Fri­day at 6-30pm.

The evening will con­sist of pre­sen­ta­tions for Com­pe­ti­tion Win­ners, Kris Kringle to the value of $10 and a Raf­fle.

Happy Christ­mas and a prosperous new year to all.

OUT IN NA­TURE: Ch­eryl Smith, Anita Kubeil, Kim Ses­sions, Ros­alie Wrest and Mar­lene Han­ra­han all en­joyed the day out.

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