November meet in an idealistic setting
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.