Saturday, 30 November 2013

Christmas Party Reminder

The Christmas function is going to be held at Opal Cove Resort for a cost of $27 per person. This of course, is the subsidized cost for each member. The menu is:

  • antipasto shared platter
  • trio of festive roast meat with all the trimmings and roast vegetables
  • Christmas pudding with brandy custard
  • tea & coffee
Everyone attending is requested to bring along $5.00 gift for Santa to give out - girls buy for a girl, and boys buy for a boy.

Be there around noon please as it will take time for Treasurer Simon to accept payments. 

There will also be an opportunity to buy lots and lots of raffle tickets as we have some terrific prizes!

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Club Elects Executive for 2014

A huge sigh of relief was heard from President Pat when Geoff Bell was nominated and voted in as our new President.

Pat has done the most amazing job while in this role; she has been the linchpin of the club and her efficient organisational skills in facilitating many activities has been outstanding. It is felt that the general membership does not realise just how much work her commitment to the club has entailed.

Myles should also to be mentioned as her stalwart supporter during her years as President as he has always been willing to assist in any way that he can.

Pat has agreed to be Vice-President so she will still be around to support our Club.

While Geoff is not a long standing member of the club, he has embraced the commitment to the club wholeheartedly. He looks forward to many enjoyable experiences as President of the Coffs Harbour Garden Club.

Geoff comes with strong links with horticulture being on the governing council of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW where among other things he helps plan and deliver the Sydney Royal Flower and Garden Show.

Secretary Maureen was voted in for a further year. Maureen is one of those very special ladies who quietly, competently and diligently carries out her role as Secretary. Thank you for putting up your hand once again Maureen.

Treasurer Simon has done such an excellent and proficient job of looking after the books he was voted in for his second term as Treasurer.

Congratulations to all the Office Bearers on their election today and we wish you a very successful term as the Coffs Harbour Garden Club Executive.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Praying Mantis

This weird, elegant creature can morph from brown to green to gray, melding inconspicuously into its surroundings. The long stem of a neck rotates the triangular head for a 300-degree scan. Without doubt, they are one of the most efficient predators in the insect world. Praying mantis get their name from the way they hold their heavily spined, raptorial front legs in front of their bodies, as if in prayer. They will either sit motionless, waiting for something to come along, or slowly stalk an unsuspecting victim. When an insect or spider meal is in range, they whip out their front legs with lightning speed, seizing their prey in a vice-like grip, and start eating it alive.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Masonic Village Garden Comp Presentation

There were winners and grinners abounding at the Presentation Awards Ceremony at the Masonic Village. Pictured are some of the recipients of awards, staff from Masonic Village with President Pat and Maria from the Coffs Garden Club. These two ladies had the enviable task of choosing winners in various categories from the Village gardens. Congratulations to all the entrants, WELL DONE!

Monday, 11 November 2013

Remembrance Day Monday 11 November 2013

In November the Germans called for an armistice (suspension of fighting) in order to secure a peace settlement. They accepted the allied terms of unconditional surrender. The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month attained a special significance in the post-war years. This moment when hostilities ceased on the Western Front became universally associated with the remembrance of those who had died in the war. 

Lest We Forget

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Armidale Trip - Nov 2013

Armidale was abuzz with not only keen garden appreciators 1-3 November but was also host to the Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Tidy Towns - Sustainable Communities Awards. These awards are now in their 33rd year and recognise groups' and individuals' efforts to protect, preserve and enhance local environments and communities across regional New South Wales. While travelling about the State many of us have seen signs on the outskirts of towns and villages declaring their success as proud recipients of these awards.

Friday, 1 November 2013


November 2013 flower of the month: Marigold

This is the time to plant these flowers because they are often used in companion planting for tomato, eggplant, chilli and potato as it is said they deter some common insect pests as well as nematodes. The Marigold foliage usually has a musky, pungent scent, though some varieties have been bred to be scentless.