Gal­ston Gar­den Club

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Gardening -

With all the prepa­ra­tions for the Oc­to­ber Open Gar­dens week­end, club mem­bers still found time for a cou­ple of ram­bles. It was an early start as mem­bers boarded a bus to visit the Illawarra Gre­vil­lea Gar­dens. This proved to be a pop­u­lar trip and filled up very quickly as mem­bers put their names down to at­tend. The na­tive gar­den did not dis­ap­point and then it was onto the Bud­dhist Tem­ple, an elu­sive build­ing that very few have the priv­i­lege to visit, for a lovely lunch, this was fol­lowed by a visit to Hans and Lynn Van der Harr’s gar­den. Af­ter an op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore this beau­ti­ful gar­den, af­ter­noon tea was served by mem­bers of the lo­cal gar­den club, fully for­ti­fied it was time to re­turn back to Gal­ston.

Our sec­ond ram­ble was much closer to home at the “Boon­gala” Na­tive Gar­dens at Pitt Town Rd Ken­thurst. Af­ter a walk through the rain­for­est, Mal­colm gave a talk on na­tive bees, lo­cal birds and na­tive or­chids. As al­ways when plants can be pur­chased, gar­den­ers are in heaven. As “Boon­gala” is only open a cou­ple of times of the year mem­bers were able to talk with an ex­pert on plant­ing and grow­ing na­tive plants.

Our Oc­to­ber guest speaker was Adele Stephen­son from Rocky Point Mulching. Adele was a bright and in­for­ma­tive speaker who gave us an in­ter­est­ing in­sight into this fam­ily run com­pany that was born out of ad­ver­sity. Rocky Point started as a sugar cane farm, but a par­tic­u­larly hard drought in the early 1900’s saw them sell­ing what was left af­ter har­vest­ing (called “cane waste) to cat­tle farm­ers to feed their stock, when the rains fi­nally came and the cane waste was no longer needed, the idea was born to use it as mulch. To­day Matt Keith, a 3rd gen­er­a­tion farmer and grand­son runs a multi-mil­lion dol­lar busi­ness that has 80 em­ploy­ees. Over the last 20 years Rocky Point has ex­panded into Pot­ting Mixes, Orchid mix, Cow ma­nure, Na­tive Mix, Gar­den Soil, Ac­tive 8 soil im­prover and Or­ganic Life pel­lets. They are the only com­pany to be or­gan­i­cally cer­ti­fied and as they look to the fu­ture they are look­ing at gen­er­at­ing their own power as well as be­ing true to the en­vi­ron­ment by ex­pand­ing into re­cy­cling of green waste from coun­cils. Adele and Rocky Point kindly do­nated prod­ucts for our meet­ing raf­fle as well as the Mega raf­fle for the Open Gar­dens week­end, as well there were prod­ucts for sale.

We look for­ward to see­ing you at our next club meet­ing, which will be our last for­mal meet­ing for the year when we will be hold­ing a Q & A evening.

Gar­den Club meets on the 2nd Weds of the month at the Gal­ston Com­mu­nity Cen­tre 37 Ar­ca­dia Rd., Gal­ston 8.00pm, new mem­bers are warmly wel­comed. For other in­for­ma­tion, visit our web­site: www.gal­ston­gar­den­club.com.au

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