Monday, 24 March 2014


By visiting this site you can learn more about the frogs of Australia

Frogs are a group of short-bodied largely carnivorous, tailless amphibians. They are widely distributed and if present in our backyards are a real indication of a healthy environment.

Their eggs are typically laid in water and these eggs hatch into acquatic larvar, called tadpoles that have tails and internal gills. They do not usually have arms or legs until the transition to adulthood, and have a large, flattened tail which they swim by. 

As the tadpole matures, it gradually grows limbs – usually the legs first followed by the arms. Lungs develop around the time of leg development and tadpoles late in development can often be found near the surface of the water where they breathe air.
Frogs are extremely efficient at converting what they eat into body mass, thereby making them the ideal meal for predators. 

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Bonville Golf Resort Outing

Member visit to Bonville International Golf Resort
Photo submitted by Jenny K.

For further information about this outing please visit our 'Outings/Trips' Page and to view more photos please visit 'Photo Gallery'  Page.

Thank you to the members who submitted photos for this outing.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

'Friendship through Gardens' 


Beautiful Bonville Golf Resort

Head Gardener Steve explaining how it all happens
Group shot of the members who attended the outing

Setting off down the 1st Fairway

Photos contributed by John S. & Michael P. 

Friday, 7 March 2014

2014 Competition Table Information

Some of our new members have asked about the competition table and how to enter. 

About the competition table: This is an opportunity for our members to display their beautiful blooms, potted plants, fruits and vegetables. We have three member judges who allocate the placings for each category - Ray, Helen and Gavin. Points are awarded for each category at every meeting with winners being recognised at the Christmas function each year. 
  • Entry is FREE
  • You can have as many or as few entries as you wish. If you do however have more than one specimen in a category, only one should be judged (there are 'display' signs available in the number box).
  • When you enter the meeting room and after signing the attendance book (for insurance purposes) you will see a box containing numbered yellow envelopes. 
  • Just pick up the next envelope in line 
  • Write that number with your name against it in the competition table book
  • Place your entries in the various categories with your allocated little number close to your entry
  • Return the envelope to the back of the number box.

If you are concerned about what category to place your specimen, just ask one of the Stewards for the Table - either Anne Moon or Graham Davey. If they are not at the meeting just ask any of the members who regularly have entries on the Table, there is bound to be someone who can help you out.

Competition Table Categories:

* indicates just one cut or stem is to be displayed unless a potted plant

Cacti & Succulents
Shrub *
Flowering Shrub *
Flowering Pot Plant
Non-flowering Pot Plant
Native *
Vine and Climber *
Bulb, Corm, Rhizome *
Orchid *
Azalea *
Camellia *
Flower of the Month (advised in newsletter and web) *
Rose, Hybrid Tea *
Rose, Multi stem *
Rose, Mini*
Cut Flowers, Bunch
Cut Flower *
Floral Art
Fruit x 3 pieces
Vegetable small x 3, large x 1

Sunday, 2 March 2014

All Spick and Span

What a crew! The CHGC has been involved in the nation's largest community-based environmental event since it's inception in 1990 and this year enthusiastic members were once again in the Historic Coffs Harbour Cemetery giving it the once over. This desire to get involved and make a difference to our local environment is really commendable and we are proud to be a Club who supports such a large scale national event.

Thank you to the members who participated in this activity and it was terrific to see so many new faces there as well.

Saturday, 1 March 2014


March 2014 flower of the month: Pentas
Common Name: Egyptian Star Cluster

This compact shrub comes from tropical Africa. Somewhat resembling Bouvardia and easily grown from soft-tip cuttings taken any time from spring to early autumn. Pentas prefers a wet summer and a warm winter so is an ideal choice for the Coffs Coast. Regular pinching back will encourage a neat, bushy habit and many more clusters of flowers. All species of Pentas grow fast, reaching 60-100cm in a couple of seasons; they will grow quite happily in pots too!

Gardeners' Tips - March 2014

Poinsettias: Euphorbia pulcherrima is actually a winter flowering shrub. Here in Australia it is grown in a special microclimate to prompt colourful bracts fro Christmas. You most probably lovingly received this potted plant during the festive season. It can now be planted out into the garden. Choose a well-drained (when is it not?) sunny location and be aware that the colourful bracts will probably lose their colour quickly but they will return again in winter.

Citrus: If you are thinking of planting a citrus tree, now is the time to start your research on what to plant in Autumn. By planting your citrus in Autumn, roots are allowed time to establish before the Spring growth commences.

If you have trouble with bees taking over your bird nesting boxes use some gaffer tape to seal up the box entrances. Since birds breed seasonally this should fix the problem for when the birds are not using the box - just remember to remove the gaffer tape in time for the nesting birds' return!

Broad beans and sugar snap peas and sweet peas - its time to plant these.

Tomatoes: these can be planted now for picking during winter and early spring (providing it is frost free).

Kick off the new vegie-cropping season with a big clean out by clearing containers and raised beds of spent crops. Place the old potting mix in the compost and scrub out all pots and saucers using hot, soapy water before re-use; top up any raised beds that have been depleted with compost, fresh soil or a mix of both.

President's Message - March 2014

Isn't it great to see so many new members joining our club and already becoming involved in many of our activities!

New people are always very important in a club like ours, because they bring ideas and enthusiasm which invariably helps invigorate and challenge us.  All organisations like our club must continue to work hard at being forward looking and open to change, so that we stay vibrant and relevant as time goes by. Having new members helps a lot in this regard.

So if you've been in the club for a while, please make our new members feel welcome. Introduce yourselves and get a conversation going. Many new members may want some advice or information - please help them out whenever you can. And above all, remember our motto, "friendship through gardens", and make everyone feel really welcome in our club.

If you've just joined the club, please make yourself known, and don't be afraid to ask questions if there's something you're not 100% clear on. And please consider putting up your hand to help out on a committee or at one of our community activities - please don 't feel that you should hold back for a while just because you're a new member - get in and have a go.

The old saying about the more you put into something, the more you'll get out of it, is as true today as it always has been, whether you're a new member of indeed someone who has been around the club for a while. I saw this in action last Wednesday when Pat, Myles and I attended the Bowraville and District Garden Club 20th Anniversary celebration./ It was a very friendly event with lots of fun and frivolity put on by a group of hard-working, dedicated members who are proud of their club and what it does in their community. It was also a great opportunity to meet people from Garden Clubs of Australia, including the President, Ken Bradley, and to let them know more about our own big event this year - the Zone Day on 16 August. This promises to be a very exciting event and I'll be letting you all know more about it in the coming months.