Saturday, 28 September 2013

Link for Newspaper Photos from Presentation Night

The Advocate has again done us proud with their coverage of the 2013 Spring Garden Competition. Many thanks to them for the wonderful support they have provided over the years!

To see some of the photos taken by Advocate photographer, Rob Wright, at the presentation night please click here.   If you wish to buy any of these photos, you can do so though the Advocate. Also make sure you read the article on our Champion Gardeners, Gaye & Bob Tarry of Diggers Beach.

Friday, 27 September 2013


Earthworms are treasured by gardeners. They aerate the soil loosening the ground, which allows roots to spread and water to drain and break down leaves, wood, grass and stems into rich soil. Their rich castings (excrement) make nutrients available to plants.
The native Gippsland Giant grows to an enormous size, cited in the Guinness Book of Records at 3 metres, others also grow large - a species found near Kyogle often grow to a length of more than 150 cm and are as thick as a garden hose! Burrawang, in the Southern Highlands also has it’s own large worm, reaching a length of 100 cm.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Champion Garden

This deserving garden received the Champion Award in the 2013 Spring Garden Competition. Congratulations to Gaye & Bob who are the tireless maintainers of this stunning oasis in suburban Coffs Harbour.
Beautiful Japanese influenced bridge and pond 

Clever use of massed subtropical texture and colourful foliage

Wonderful mulch used in all areas of this garden

A shadehouse and terrific enclosed vegie patch

Somewhere to relax after all that effort - brilliant!

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

People's Choice

Thank you to all who have voted in the People's Choice. There will be a random draw of the contributors for this online vote on Friday 27 September. So keep an eye out for the email notification that there is a Total Gardens voucher for you!

Saturday, 21 September 2013

What a triumph!

Congratulations to all the hard working entrants in the 2013 Spring Garden Competition. The Presentation last night, attended by over 100 people, was a real triumph and a fitting conclusion to this year's competition. There must be some very weary, but happy gardeners who worked so, so hard to prepare their gardens for this competition.

To visit the region's best please find the complete list of winning gardens in today's Coffs Coast Advocate. With such glorious weather it will be no hardship to visit these stunning gardens!

There is a People's Choice Award too. After visiting the gardens please complete the entry form (found above) with your top choice from the winning gardens.

Judge John Bennett from Murwillimbah, pointing out the finer details to students at
Coffs Harbour High School - a wonderful Popeye's Pick entry

Karangi School Captains showing the Judge a pond within the school grounds.

The winning vegetable garden on school property - a real stunner at Karangi Public School

Betty Shepherd the oldest entrant at 93 - well done Betty

Sunday, 1 September 2013


September 2013 flower of the month: Rose

This little mini was grown at Heritage Park

The display at this month's meeting should be outstanding as there a quite a few members who grow the most superb roses.