Gal­ston Gar­den Club

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Gardening -

Well it was a very grey day as a large num­ber of mem­bers set out for a ram­ble last Satur­day. Our first stop was to Stu­art Weir’s work­shop at Pitt Town Bot­toms. Stu­art is a stone­ma­son and gar­den artist who also works with metal. His metal pears are gor­geous and the sand­stone can­dle hold­ers proved very pop­u­lar and quite a few pur­chases were made. From there we went to the Se­cret Gar­den Nurs­ery at the Rich­mond WS Univer­sity, where many plants were pur­chased and we wan­dered around the mar­kets that were there fundrais­ing for Nor­west Dis­abil­ity Ser­vices, who also ben­e­fit from money raised at out Open Gar­den Week­end. De­spite the showers of rain, it was a great turn out and a great day – es­pe­cially the Devon­shire tea – Yum!

There is a def­i­nite chill in the air now, and it has started to feel like au­tumn at last. Al­though it was quite a cold night for our May meet­ing, it was good to see so many mem­bers come along and al­most fill the com­mu­nity hall room. Be­go­nias – we see them ev­ery­where in gar­dens, a lit­tle bed­ding plant that we don’t re­ally think about much, but know they are there and give a great display of colour. But like many plants that have been around for what seems for­ever, there is more to this hum­ble plant than we could imag­ine. Ross Bol­well from Bloomin’ Green­ery Nurs­ery on An­nan­grove Rd showed us the many va­ri­eties of be­go­nias that are avail­able, many that have been de­vel­oped here in Aus­tralia. There seems to be a be­go­nia for ev­ery cli­mate and they range in size from the small bed­ding be­go­nia to the taller va­ri­eties, as well as trail­ing ones that do well in pots to even smaller ground cov­ers. Their uses range from be­ing a beau­ti­ful fea­ture plant, great fill in plants among trees and shrubs. The “Un­du­lata” va­ri­eties make a good hedge, they will take be­ing planted around pools, the shel­tered ar­eas around the house and of course in pots. Be­go­nias hate the frost and wet roots, be­ing a more trop­i­cal plant they do well when the tem­per­a­ture Is around a con­stant 12-30 de­grees Cel­sius, and can be planted in full shade to full sun (as long as they are in af­ter­noon shade).

Our guest speaker on the 12th June will be Stel­lina Tre­strail, the Agri­cul­ture and Pri­mary In­dus­tries Co­or­di­na­tor from North­holm Gram­mar School and she will be speak­ing on Aquapon­ics. We hope to see you at our club meet­ing and to join us for an­other happy gar­den­ing year. Gar­den Club meets on the 2nd Weds of the month at the Gal­ston Com­mu­nity Cen­tre 37 Ar­ca­dia Rd., Gal­ston 8.00pm and new mem­bers are warmly wel­comed.

For other in­for­ma­tion, visit our web­site: www. gal­ston­gar­den­

Re­mem­ber…save the date for our Open Gar­dens Week­end 19th, 20th and 21st Oc­to­ber. If you would like to be a part of this won­der­ful week­end by open­ing your gar­den, or you know a gar­den and owner we could ap­proach, please con­tact our Open Gar­dens Con­venor Bill Flem­ing on 96532394 or email: wflem­[email protected]­son­

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