Wednesday, 22 January 2020

News from Asia

Former CHGC member Ray now resides in Asia and he sent some photos of the flower market in Hong Kong. Due to Chinese New Year, things are really gearing up for the festival, so there is a plentiful supply of blooms available for purchase.

Mong Kok is an area in Kowloon, Hong Kong. The Prince Edward area occupies the northern part of Mong Kok.

Mong Kok is one of the major shopping areas in Hong Kong and many tourists flock there while visiting HK. The area is characterised by a mixture of old and new multi-story buildings, with shops and restaurants at street level, and commercial or residential units above.

Mong Kok is a buzzing maze of narrow streets with stalls selling clothes, knick-knacks, plants and colourful blooms at the Flower Market.
houses and casual eateries.

Thank you Ray for sharing your photos with us.

Monday, 20 January 2020

Fundraising BBQ

apologise for this terrible image

These two CHGC members are at the ready to commence selling. Chef for the day (and ably assisted by Nicole), David Hunt (L) and BBQ Coordinator Simon Young (R) worked tirelessly all day. Well done team!

and for this one too, sorry guys

Thank you to all members who assisted with this BBQ.

Don't rest too much though, the next one is on the 29th February. 

As voted at the 18 January meeting proceeds from these BBQs and the mega raffle conducted in 2019 will go towards the running of the 2020 Spring Garden Competition and Coffs Garden Club's contribution to Bush Fire Relief.

Sunday, 19 January 2020

Monthly Meeting Bounty

image M. Hunt

Beautiful vegetables grown in President Margaret's garden where a highlight of the January meeting. This vegetable collection won that category on the Competition Table and afterwards Margaret placed this on the Trading Table, what bounty for the members!

Past President Sue gave a presentation on the Carpenter Bee which included a podcast conversation with Toby Smith. To hear this conversation please use this link: abc radio conversation

image Sue Young of a Carpenter Bee in salvia in her garden
Toby Smith is an Australian native been researcher. He states in this podcast that there are more than two thousand species but only eleven of those bees actually make honey.

Thank you Sue (and ABC radio) it was an interesting segment to our first meeting of 2020.

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

January Outing

The first outing for 2020 is happening 30 January - thanks Margaret F, you've got us off to a flying start with some special destinations this month.

Meet 10:00am - Jetty Foreshores
First undercover pavilion, just past the TS Vandetta building (this is the grey building where the cadets meet near the jetty), Jordan Esplanade, Coffs. BYO morning tea or something to share.

1st Garden - 155 Edinburgh St, Coffs 
Claudia Nevell's garden (a Coffs Coast garden designer who featured recently on Michael McCoy's 'Dream Gardens' on ABC TV). Access is from the rear of the property so best to park on Moore St and walk down the path to the rear of 155 - Margaret will have full details at our meeting.

2nd Garden - 298 Harbour Drive, Coffs
This garden is just short of the old hospital site on the left hand side of Harbour Drive going west towards the city from the Jetty area. If we run out of space to park on Harbour Drive, there is parking available in Boambee Street (which is the next side street close to the garden). Jill is a succulent collector so this should be a very interesting garden.

Lunch will be at the Yacht Club so it is imperative that you RSVP to Margaret NO LATER than Tuesday 28 January 0421 366 013 or email

Woolgoolga Garden Club and Coffs Garden Clubs combine their outings (friendship through gradens) on the last Thursday of each month. This year (like last year) outings will be alternated between gardens in the north and those in the south.

Bunnings BBQ

Yep, the first of our fundraising BBQs is happening Sunday 19 January, so the Coffs Garden Club are off to a flying start in 2020!

Coordinator Simon is well prepared however, if you'd like to turn the odd snag or assist during the day please contact him on 0417 526 522.

The image to the left is not how Bunnings would like us to serve our sausage sanger - its onions on the bottom please!

First Meeting for 2020

Welcome to 2020, hope that this year brings rain and much joy to all.

Our first meeting is this Saturday 18 January, commencing at 1:30pm (come a little early to natter and place your items on the Competition Table) at the Display Room, Coffs Botanic Garden.

Australia has around 1600 species of native bees and Past President Sue is going to do a short segment on just one of those - the Great Carpenter Bee. These bees are found in tropical and subtropical areas of Australia and are what we know as buzz pollinators - that is they vibrate the flowers, making the pollen shoot out of little capsules, very clever!

Our usual yummy afternoon tea prepared by our wonderful catering team at the mighty cost of $2 is an absolute 'must not miss'.

Please bring your offerings to the trading table (TT). As you are all aware our TT stalwart Jim Baldi is no long with us so it is up to the rest of the membership to keep this worthwhile part of our meeting happening.

There's lots taking place in the next couple of weeks for our Club - we can look forward to exciting times.

Sunday, 5 January 2020


Flower of the Month - January 2020

KINGDOM:  Plantae

FAMILY:  Onagroideae

GENUS:  Fuchsia

The first, Fuchsia triphylla, was discovered on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola (Haiti and the Cominican Republic) about 1696-1697 by the French Minim monk and botanist, Charles Plumier, during his third expedition to the Greater Antilles, He named the new genus after German botanist Leonhart Fuchs (1501-1566).
Thanks Wikipedia

More on Fuchsia:

Fuchsia can be grown in all parts of eastern and southern parts of Australia and some areas of Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. The wild fuchsia of Ireland's hedgerows, especially those of the west of Ireland, is famous and has featured on many a tourist brochure. This is Fuchsia magellanica 'Riccartonii' and originates from Chile and Argentina, often not very appreciated by the locals in Ireland but loved by tourists.

Fuchsia are excellent grown direct in the garden, pots or hanging baskets. They will give many years of pleasure with a little maintenance.

If you are a child, there are three obvious things to do with fuchsia flowers - one, gently pop open the inflated buds to reveal the petals inside, two, remove the stigma and six of the eight stamens to make a pin-headed ballerina doll and three, send her to the guillotine and suck the sweet nectar from her neck - our children did all three much to the disgust of their grandfather!

Fuchsia originate from the rainforests of South America and have been cultivated into over 5,000 varieties! They have the most gorgeous colours and seem to have an infinite number of combinations, sizes and forms and they flower for an extended period.

Most fuchsias prefer a semi-shaded aspect, morning sun, afternoon shade, underneath trees with filtered sun. If they are planted in dense shade they will grow very leggy and produce very few flowers. Too much sun will burn the foliage and flowers. Soil should be free draining, free of clay and rich in nutrients such as animal manures or blood and bone.

A tip from a relative of ours - take plenty of tip cuttings and strike them - that way you've a handy supply if there is a Fuchsia demise.

If you'd like more information please visit Brenlissa Online Nursery and they can assist you with any questions.

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

VALE Jim Baldi

It is always amazing that when someone leaves this world there is always something you find out about them that you didn't know. In Jim's case I wasn't aware that he was such an amazing 'gun' fisherman - this man caught some very substantial fish during his lifetime - some amazing catches. As you are aware, Jim wasn't a very large man but he was simply dwarfed by some of his catches.

Jim was a very special member of Coffs Garden Club; he was known for his ready smile and jokes and his reliability in providing many propagated plants for our Trading Table, legendary. 

Farewell friend.

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Merry Christmas!

A very jolly Santa was a most welcome guest at the Coffs Garden Club's Xmas function held 10 December 2019 at the Greenhouse Tavern.

Results of the Mega Raffle:
First Prize
Ora Smyth Emerald Beach - Bushranger 36V Chainsaw and Bushranger 36V Trimmer plus Lithium 4AH Samsung Battery donated by Woolgoolga Mowers 

Second Prize
Frank Duroux, Toormina - large flower pot filled to the brim with the very latest Mr Fothergill's garden tools

Third Prize
Pat Roser, Sawtell - 'From the Ground Up' a beautifully informative book for NSW gardeners written by Linda, Sandra and Graham Ross

Xmas Raffle Winners:
Mary Booth - Wine, donated by Greenhouse Tavern
Barb Fitzgerald - Pudding & Cake
Sonja Mitchell - Plant, donated by Mary Booth
David Hunt - Wine, donated by Greenhouse Tavern
Sue Young - Xmas treats

2019 Competition Table Results:
1st - Mary Booth - $100 Bunnings Voucher
2nd - Ruth Reynolds - $70 Bunnings Voucher
3rd - Brenda Mayled - $50 Bunnings Voucher
Winner of the random draw of all entrants during the year: 
Ann Slattery - $50 Bunnings Voucher

Mary Duroux looking very pleased to accept 2nd Prize in the Mega Raffle
from Woolgoolga Mower's Steve Barnes

Patron & Life Member Pat Roser accepting her
3rd prize in the Mega Raffle from Steve Barnes, Woolgoolga Mowers
President Coffs Garden Club Margaret Hunt accepting
1st prize on behalf of Ora Smyth from Steve Barnes, Woolgoolga Mowers
We were a bit remiss with photos during the day, however thanks to Marion Watts who attended the function representing Garden Clubs of Australia as Zone Coordinator for this region.

Santa was ably assisted by (L) Geoff Bell and (R) David Hunt,
digging for a present was Jeannine Young
Vice President Margaret Crawley & Acting Secretary
Maria Bell
Some of the happy party goers
Thank you to the Greenhouse Tavern for an amazing meal and also to the organisers for this year's function. We look forward to our first meeting on 18 January 2020.

Have a happy, safe and joyful Christmas with your family and friends.

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

2019 Christmas Party

A reminder that our end of year Christmas function is only a week away - Tues 10 December 2019, noon for 12:30pm at the Greenhouse Tavern, Pacific Highway, Coffs Harbour.

There are some exciting events happening at this function including the prize giving for this year's Competition Table. Margaret Franks and her helpers throughout the year have done a brilliant job of judging the exhibits at our monthly meetings. Thanks to them and to all who have participated during 2019.

The Mega Raffle will also be drawn by Stephen from Woolgoolga Mowers (who donated the first prize chainsaw, hedge trimmer and battery). There are also other prizes as well in this major fundraising raffle. I have to remind everyone that ALL tickets have to be returned (even unsold ones - this is a legal requirement), so please don't forget to return your books and money please.

Our Zone Coordinator Marion Watts will be in attendance and will draw our Christmas Raffle - there are some lovely prizes in this, so don't forget to purchase your tickets on the way in. 

Also membership is due and you can pay your $15 membership on the day to our new Treasurer Geoff (he has his pencil sharpened at the ready)! 

Cost for the luncheon is $25 for members and $35 for non member guests, this is also payable to the Treasurer.